Cotton's Library: The Many Perils of Preserving History

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Cotton's Library: The Many Perils of Preserving History

Cotton s Library The Many Perils of Preserving History Cotton s Library reveals what can happen to a museum quality collection before it reaches the safety of a museum and sometimes even after It is the story of an embryonic British national library assem

  • Title: Cotton's Library: The Many Perils of Preserving History
  • Author: Matt Kuhns
  • ISBN: 9780988250543
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cotton s Library reveals what can happen to a museum quality collection before it reaches the safety of a museum and sometimes even after It is the story of an embryonic British national library assembled than 400 years ago by Sir Robert Cotton Boasting masterpieces of medieval illumination, the sole manuscript sources of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Cotton s Library reveals what can happen to a museum quality collection before it reaches the safety of a museum and sometimes even after It is the story of an embryonic British national library assembled than 400 years ago by Sir Robert Cotton Boasting masterpieces of medieval illumination, the sole manuscript sources of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and two of four surviving 1215 copies of Magna Carta as well as many priceless historic records, Cotton s library was and is an irreplaceable treasure of the English speaking world Cotton and his successors nonetheless struggled for centuries to preserve his library for, and sometimes from, formal government custodianship Overcoming war, repression, greedy heirs, intriguing rivals and disastrous fires, they ultimately succeeded, to our own great benefit Cotton s Library tells how they did it.

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    1. Ashley on said:

      I just finished a gigantic term paper for my book history class on Sir Robert Cotton and his influence, and I waded through the titans of Cottonian scholarship: Colin G. C. Tite, Kevin Sharpe, C. J. Wright, etc. I picked up this title because it was far more accessible than anything from those writers, with the possible exception of Tite, so I'm happy I made this purchase. Kuhns uses humor served alongside the details to make the complicated life and legacy of Sir Robert more palatable, and his [...]

    2. Bret on said:

      I knew nothing of Cotton or his library. Honestly I probably never would have read this had it not been for the author. It was very interesting and informative. Well written, not too long and a quick enjoyable read.

    3. Joan Husmann on said:

      Although this book is not for everyone, I enjoyed it tremendously. A non-fiction account of how Robert Cotton acquired his massive and masterful collection and how most of it survived several disasters, it is a must-read for history- and book-lovers. Kuhns is a thorough researcher and is able to pull his results into a compelling narrative. I felt a personal connection, as I visited the British National Library in 2013, where I saw several items from Cotton's collection, including a copy of the [...]

    4. Katie on said:

      A fun read for all you librarians. Documents a "library" - which is a *collection*, not a building - from its origins in the dissolution in monastery libraries, its accumulation of state papers through its owner's government career, and its eventual fate (no spoilers!). Be warned, thinking about the conditions these priceless works were kept in (fire. damp. *shudder*)

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