This is a study of the books of Salisbury Cathedral, and their scribes, in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries. These manuscripts form the largest collection to have survived from any English centre in the period following the Norman Conquest, and they bear witness to the energetic scribal and scholarly activities of a community of intelligent and able men.
Teresa Webber traces the interests and activities of the canons of Salisbury Cathedral from the evidence of their books. She reveals to us a lively Anglo-Norman centre of scholarship and religious devotion. This is a scholarly and original study, which combines detailed palaeographic research with an intelligent understanding of medieval cultural and intellectual life. It is a distinguished contribution to medieval studies.
'important study ... Webber's study is an admirable exercise in approaching people of whose individual lives we know relatively little through the very rich survivals of their books.'
Martin Kauffmann, Printing Historical Society Bulletin 36, Spring 1994
'it can be profitably read by anyone who uses critical texts of works written before the advent of printing ... the notes ... have been thoroughly updated and expanded'
Paul F. Stuehrenberg, Yale Divinity School, Religious Studies Review, Volume 20, Number 1/January 1994
'There is a good deal of intricate and fascinating detective work here, with wide-ranging ramifications ... it contains much of use, and is a major contribution to appreciation of the intellectual life of twelfth-century England.'
R.N. Swanson, University of Birmingham, Heythrop Journal
`Webber's book is wellresearched and presented. The interests of the canons...come through very clearly.'
`Good scholarship on medieval manuscripts is in short supply these days, and this book is to be lauded for its patient and disciplined analysis of scribal hands, its helpful accounts of the wanderings of manuscripts, its delicate reconstruction of Latin textual traditions, and its generally lucid and elegant style of presentation. Ecclesiastical historians and literary scholars alike will greatly profit from it.'
Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography 8:2
List of Plates
Conventions and Abbreviations
1: Book Production at Salisbury in the Late Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries
2: The Content and Composition of the Collection
3: Salisbury and the Transmission of Latin Literature
4: Intellectual Interests
5: The Religious Life
Appendix I. Group I Manuscripts: Texts and Scribes
Appendix II. Group II Manuscipts: Texts and Scribes
Appendix III. The Scala Virtutum
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 8th October 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.26
Weight (kg): 0.55