William of Malmesbury

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Boydell Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 239 pages
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This is the first book devoted entirely to William of Malmesbury (c.1090-c.1143), England's greatest historian after Bede, and provides a comprehensive interpretation of William's intellectual achievement. Although best known in his own time, as now, for his historical writings, William was also a biblical commentator, hagiographer and classicist, and acted as his own librarian, bibliographer, scribe and editor of texts. He was probably the best-read of all 12th-century men of learning. R.M. Thomson has already published several papers on William: here he draws the threads of his research together, looking at the man and his times and his work as man of letters, considering the earliest books from Malmesbury Abbey library, William's reading, and his 'scriptorium'. Important in its own right, he finds that William's achievement also prompts wider reflection on Benedictine learning and the writing of history in the 12th century, and on England's contribution to the '12th-century renaissance'. In this new edition, the text has been thoroughly revised, and the bibliography updated to reflect ongoing research. There is a new chapter on William as historian of the First Crusade. RODNEY M. THOMSON is Professor Emeritus and Honorary Research Associate in the School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania. He has published several other books with Boydell & Brewer, including descriptive catalogues of the MSS of Lincoln, Hereford and Worcester Cathedrals.
 

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Contents

William of Malmesbury and his Environment
3
Malmesbury ex libris and pressmark
4
Malmesbury pressmark erased ex libris and table of contents
5
Oxford Bodleian Library MS Auct E 3 14 f 150v
6
William as Historian and Man of Letters
14
Williams Reading
40
Williams Scriptorium
76
The Earliest Books from the Library of Malmesbury Abbey
97
Oxford Merton College MS 181 f 120v
113
Oxford Bodleian Library MS Auct F 3 14 f 149
113
Oxford Merton College MS 181 f 91
113
Williams Edition of the Liber Pontificalis
119
Williams Carolingian Sources
137
William and the Letters of Alcuin
154
William and some other Western Writers on Islam
168
William as Historian of Crusade
178

Oxford Bodleian Library MS Rawl G 139 f 2
113
Oxford Lincoln College MS lat 100 f 73
113
London Lambeth Palace Library MS 224 f 1
113
Oxford Merton College MS 181 f
113
Cambridge Trinity College MS O 5 20 p 17
113
Oxford Bodleian Library MS Arch Seld B 16 f 73
113
William and the Noctes Atticae
189
The Date of Williams Birth
199
Contents and Significant Readings of the Gellius
215
Select Bibliography
225
General Index
232
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Professor of Medieval History and Senior Research Fellow, School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania

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