The Scriptorium and Library at Monte Cassino, 1058-1105

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 421 pages
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In all the history of hand-written books, one of the most distinctive and handsome scripts is that of the abbey of Monte Cassino. This study examines for the first time in detail the development of this script during the Abbey's greatest period of wealth and influence, under Desiderius (abbot 1058€“1087) and his successor Oderisius (abbot 1087€“1105). The characteristic Cassinese hand was established long before, but in this period it was transformed into what is today considered its classic form. The present study rests on a fresh examination of many details of the Beneventan (South Italian) script in aspects incompletely studied before. It aims to provide a new history of Monte Cassino as a writing centre and to offer a context for many unique or valuable texts manuscripts that it processed.
 

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Contents

The abbots and the scriptorium at Monte Cassino
5
the Cassinese scriptorium under Abbot Theobald and the master
31
patristic
75
classical texts
96
Practices of the scriptorium
119
Books presented to the abbey
233
books texts and a bibliophile abbot
253
Plate descriptions
328
Avezzano Curia Vescovile Exultet
331
Vatican City Bibl Apostolica Vaticana lat 5735 Gregorius Magnus Dialogi Hand
422
Bibliography 393
393
Index of manuscripts
405
Subject index 413
413
List of selected technical terms 420
420
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