New PDF release: Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England

By Jennifer Summit

In Jennifer Summit’s account, libraries are greater than inert storehouses of written culture; they're unstable areas that actively form the meanings and makes use of of books, interpreting, and the previous. contemplating the two-hundred-year interval among 1431, which observed the basis of Duke Humfrey’s recognized library, and 1631, whilst the nice antiquarian Sir Robert Cotton died, Memory’s Library revises the background of the fashionable library by means of targeting its origins in medieval and early sleek England.

Summit argues that the medieval resources that continue to exist in English collections are the made from a Reformation and post-Reformation fight to redefine the previous by way of redefining the cultural position, functionality, and id of libraries. via developing the highbrow dynamism of English libraries in this an important interval in their improvement, Memory’s Library demonstrates how a lot present discussions in regards to the way forward for libraries can achieve by way of reexamining their past.

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