English Caroline script and monastic history : studies in Benedictinism, A.D. 950-1030
- David N. Dumville.
- Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell, 1992.
- Physical description
- 196 p.
- Studies in Anglo-Saxon history 0950-3412 ; 6
- Dumville, D. N.
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Caroline minuscule script was adopted in England in the mid-tenth century in imitation of Continental usage. A badge of ecclesiastical reform, it was practised in Benedictine scriptoria but was also taken up by members of the royal writing office; the chancery occupied an important place in the pioneering of calligraphic fashions. During its approximately two-century history in England, Caroline script developed a number of forms, in part reflecting different tendencies within the Reform-cause. The Rule of St Benedict was focal for this movement. In the aftermath of the final Scandinavian conquest of England (AD 1016) a Canterbury master-scribe created the form of Caroline writing which was to become a mark of Englishness and outlive the Norman Conquest. In the closing chapter its inventor's career is discussed and his achievement assessed. This volume offers analysis of manuscript evidence as a basis for the cultural and ecclesiastical history of late Anglo-Saxon England. DAVID N. DUMVILLE is Reader in Early Medieval History and Culture of the British Isles at the University of Cambridge.
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- Benedictines > England > Historiography.
- Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern) > England.
- Monasteries > England > Historiography.
- Manuscripts, English (Old)
- Paleography, English.
- Scriptoria > England.
- Writing, Minuscule.
- Great Britain > History > Anglo Saxon period, 449-1066 > Historiography.
- England > Church history > 449-1066.
- England > Charters, grants, privileges.
- Publication date
- 0851153232 (alk. paper) : $59.00
- 9780851153230 (alk. paper)
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