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Scribes and Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral c. 1075–c. 1125$
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Teresa Webber

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203087.001.0001

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The Religious Life

The Religious Life

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(p.113) 5 The Religious Life
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Scribes and Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral c. 1075–c. 1125
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Teresa Webber

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203087.003.0006

This chapter examines the religious aims and attitudes of the book collection at Salisbury Cathedral. It analyses the texts of spiritual and moral edification copied at Salisbury, the Scala Virtutum, the Meditationes Godwini Cantoris, and the practice of religious life at Salisbury. The findings reveal that though there is no direct evidence that the Salisbury canons themselves engaged in pastoral activity, the Salisbury books do demonstrate that at least one scribe and scholar at Salisbury has put his scholarly interests to practical use in his activity as an annotator. Though the identity of the scribe cannot be determined with certainty, evidence suggests that it could either be Bishop Osmund or Archdeacon Hubald.

Keywords:   Salisbury books, Salisbury Cathedral, religious life, Salisbury canons, pastoral activity, Bishop Osmund, Archdeacon Hubald, Scala Virtutum, Meditationes Godwini Cantoris

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