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What role did books play in the lives of English monarchs and their families? Besides Alfred the Great, Edward IV, Henry VIII, and George III, which kings and queens appreciated books and amassed enormous libraries full of them? Thisand#160;well-illustratedand#160;volumeand#160;presents a fresh and wide-ranging review of the evidence for royal interest in handwritten and printed books.and#160;Leading expertsand#160;offer new perspectives on the involvement of Englandandrsquo;s monarchs in the circulation and preservation of texts from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. Some essays consider individual books or monarchs; others take a wider view of several centuries of evidence. At the heart of the volume is the remarkable array of royal books held by the British Library, including the Old Royal Library, presented to the nation by George II, and the Kingandrsquo;s Library, presented by George IV. Illustrated in color throughout, 1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts will appeal to anyone fascinated by the British monarchy as well as the countryandrsquo;s rich and extensive literary history.

About the Author

Kathleen Doyle is curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library.

Scot McKendrick is head of history and classical studies at the British Library.

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Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick

The Earliest English Royal Books

Richard Gameson

King Athelstanand#8217;s Psalter (BL Cotton Galba A. xviii)

Michael Wood

The Provenance of the Morgan Golden Gospels (Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M.23): A New Hypothesis

James P. Carley

The Great Lost Library of Englandand#8217;s Medieval Kings? Royal Use and Ownership of Books, 1066-1272

Nicholas Vincent

The Livre du Sacre of Charles V of France: A Reappraisal

Joanna Fronska

Makers of Royal Manuscripts: Court Artists in France and the Netherlands

Catherine Reynolds

The Manuscripts of Edward IV: The Documentary Evidence

Scot McKendrick

and#8216;Preserved and Transmitted for the Good of Posterityand#8217;: The Transfer of the Old Royal Library from a Palace to a Museum

Kathleen Doyle

Royal Libraries in the Kingand#8217;s Library

John Goldfinch

The Royal Library at Windsor Castle

Jane Roberts


General Index

Index of Manuscripts

Picture Credits

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Doyle, Kathleen (edt)
British Library
Doyle, Kathleen
McKendrick, Scot
Great britain
Art - General
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9 x 6 in

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