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English Medieval Books: The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal

Alan Coates


This study of the books of Reading Abbey covers not only the whole history of the Abbey from its foundation, but also charts the subsequent dispersal of its book collection. In doing so, the book illustrates intellectual life in a medieval English monastery and, in particular, valuable insights into the fate of monastic books after the Dissolution of the monasteries.

Keywords: Reading Abbey, books, medieval England, intellectual life, monasteries, Dissolution, monastic books

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207566
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Coates, author
Bodleian Library, Oxford