This special study day will provide an introduction to the medieval manuscripts of Salisbury Cathedral, one of the most beautiful of British cathedrals, and will take place in the Cathedral’s fifteenth-century library. It will also serve as an introduction to the history of book production in medieval England, through study of the different types of evidence that can be excavated through the study of surviving books, documents and fragments in a single repository.
Salisbury Cathedral Library began in the late eleventh century, with the establishment of a scriptorium at the Cathedral’s first site at Old Sarum. In the mid-fifteenth century, the books were moved to the newly-constructed library room, above the cloister of the present cathedral, where they have remained. Today, the collection consists of over 200 manuscripts, including many made in the Cathedral’s scriptorium in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and over 10,000 printed books, dating from 1473 to the modern day.
This short course is part of the London Rare Books School programme.