Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge V: Manuscripts, I. Medieval

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Rosamond McKitterick, Richard Beadle
Brewer, Jan 1, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 104 pages
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No fewer than twenty-three of Pepys's thirty-eight medieval manuscripts contain Middle English texts, and date from the 14th and 15th centuries. Devotional tracts and religious poetry predominate, though there is also a corpus of secular poetry by Lydgate and Chaucer, and some scientific and medical material; a notable rarity is the Caxton Ovid. His Latin books include Bacon's Perspectivaand other treatises on optics, and the mathematical treatises of Johannes de Nemore. Some books he chose purely for their illustrations, such as a French and Latin Apocalypse and a model book of the 15th century. The oldest book in the collection is a late 12th-century copy of Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae. The catalogue effectively revises, expands, and replaces the 1922 catalogue of M.R. James.ROSAMOND McKITTERICK is Reader in early medieval European history in the University of Cambridge; RICHARD BEADLEis lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge.

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Rosamond McKitterick is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. Her previous publications include Atlas of the Medieval World (2003), History and Memory in the Carolingian World (2004), and Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2006).

Dr Richard Beadle is Reader in Medieval English Literature and Historical Bibliography in the English Faculty, St John's College, Cambridge.

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