A Conspectus of Scribal Hands Writing English, 960-1100

February 2012
4 black and white illustrations
116 pages
21x29.7 cm
Pubns Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies
ISBN: 9781843842866
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
BISAC LIT011000, REF004000

A Conspectus of Scribal Hands Writing English, 960-1100

Donald Scragg

Comprehensive, annotated list of over a thousand Anglo-Saxon scribal hands, linking them to place and manuscript.
During the final century of the Anglo-Saxon state, the use of written English reached remarkable heights. Yet, while the make-up and contents of the many books and documents surviving from the period have been fully catalogued, less attention has been devoted to those who produced them. This is the first comprehensive annotated list of the scribal hands whose work survives from the time of the Benedictine Reform under King Edgar to that of the generation succeeding the Norman Conquest. More than a thousand hands are listed, together with details of their work, which ranges from a few words or sentences in marginalia to multiple volumes. The result is a reference tool which will allow further research not only into palaeographical issues but also into the writing habits and grammar of individuals and groups of related scribes and into patterns of education in some of the larger cultural centres.

Donald Scragg is Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Saxon Studies at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

The Conspectus
Index of Names
Index of Places
Index of Latin Texts Glossed
Index of Marginalia
Table of Dates/Scribes


A profoundly useful and important work [...] Scragg's book will facilitate not only his eagerly-anticipated researches on late Old English spelling but also other important research on Anglo-Saxon literary culture. For this, he is to be thanked. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

This is an impressive achievement by any standard... The Conspectus will become a fundamental reference point for scholars wishing to investigate Old English language and written culture. TOEBI NEWSLETTER

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