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Bibliologia (BIB 55)
S. J Livesey
Science in the Monastery
Texts, Manuscripts and Learning at Saint-Bertin

approx. 300 p., 5 b/w ill. + 15 colour ill., 3 b/w tables, 216 x 280 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58563-5
Languages: English, Latin
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The traditional view of monastic orders in late-medieval scholastic culture has been relatively muted. Beyond the Franciscan and Dominican orders, and to a far lesser extent, the Augustinians and Cistercians, the older monastic orders (and especially the Benedictines) played a smaller role in the university during the thirteenth through the fifteenth centuries. Yet if the library collection of Saint-Bertin is examined more carefully, one finds that many of the books were added by alumni of the University of Paris and Louvain, and in one instance, Cologne, and that as a whole, the monastery’s collection reflected the changing currents within late medieval intellectual society. Science in the Monastery proposes to analyze Benedictine science using Saint-Bertin as a vehicle.

Steven J. Livesey is Brian E. and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests focus on medieval science, history of early scientific methodologies, science in medieval universities, and manuscript studies.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Three celebrated manuscripts

Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Voss.Lat.Q.94: Lucretius’ De rerum natura

Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Gud. lat. 105: Agrimensores veteres

Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bibliothèque des Annunciades 188: Aratea phaenomena

Saint-Bertin and Eleventh-Century Christian Humanism

Saint-Bertin at the University

Networks of Bookmen: Pierre d’Allouagne

Is there a Doctor in the House? Medical Books at Saint-Bertin

New Alternatives: The University of Louvain

Mathematics and Optics

Benedictine Science at Saint-Bertin

PLATES

CATALOGUE

Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bibliothèque Municipale des Annonciades

Bibliothèque d’Agglomération du pays de Saint-Omer

APPENDICES

Saint-Bertin Manuscripts with Fifteenth-Century Secundo Folio References

Concordance of Eighteenth-Century Inventory Numbers and Modern Shelflist Numbers

Select Bibliography

INDEXES

Index of Authors, titles and subjects

Initia

Index of Named Scribes and Artists

Index of Previous Owners, Donors and Users

Manuscripts cited

Index of Watermarks

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Codicology

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