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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? This well-illustrated volume presents a fresh and wide-ranging review of the evidence for royal interest in handwritten and printed books. Leading experts offer new perspectives on the involvement of England’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 King’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 country’s rich and extensive literary history.

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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 Athelstans 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 Englands 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


‘Preserved and Transmitted for the Good of Posterity: The Transfer of the Old Royal Library from a Palace to a Museum

Kathleen Doyle


Royal Libraries in the Kings Library

John Goldfinch


The Royal Library at Windsor Castle

Jane Roberts



General Index

Index of Manuscripts

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Doyle, Kathleen (edt)
British Library
Doyle, Kathleen
McKendrick, Scot
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