A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts of Pembroke College Cambridge
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356 Pages

31.2 x 23.7 cm

197 colour illus.

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts of Pembroke College Cambridge

by Rodney M Thomson

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The collection of medieval manuscripts at Pembroke College is an important one. Its most striking feature is that the majority of MSS 1-120 came from the abbey of Bury St Edmunds, as the gift of Thomas Smart in 1599.
The collection of medieval manuscripts at Pembroke College is an important one. Its most striking feature is that the majority of MSS 1-120 came from the abbey of Bury St Edmunds, as the gift of Thomas Smart in 1599. Included among them is the famous 'Bury Gospels' (MS 120). It is one of the largest groups of monastic manuscripts to survive as an ensemble. The rest are, for the most part, the remains of the College's own medieval library, and have been little studied. In addition there are some twenty post-medieval acquisitions, including two splendid Anglo-Saxon Gospel Books.
The main part of this catalogue contains individual, detailed descriptions of some 300 MSS and several hundred binding fragments. The descriptions are preceded by an Introduction outlining the history of the collection, and are accompanied by 130 colour plates. The collection was last catalogued by M. R. James in 1911, and over a century later, this publication both updates his account, and brings to bear modern techniques of manuscript study.
List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgements
Foreword
Abbreviations
Introduction
- The Library of Pembroke Hall
- The Manuscripts from Bury St Edmunds Abbey
- The Manuscripts from Pembroke Hall
- Contents
- Decoration
- Bindings
- Printed Books
- Modern Times
- Previous Catalogues
- Conventions of this Catalogue

THE CATALOGUE

Index of Manuscripts
General Index

RODNEY M. THOMSON is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Tasmania.

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9781783274550

May 2022

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Title Details

356 Pages

3.12 x 2.37 cm

197 colour illus.

Imprint: D.S.Brewer