Monasticism and Literature Criticism: Secular Influences - Essay

Francis Aidan Gasquet (lecture date 1906)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Gasquet, Francis Aidan. “Books and Bookmaking in Early Chronicles and Accounts.” In Monastic Life in the Middle Ages: With a Note on Great Britain and the Holy See, 1792-1806, pp. 92-109. 1922. Reprint. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1970.

[In the following essay, originally delivered as a lecture in 1906, Gasquet provides an economic perspective on medieval bookmaking.]

Turning over the pages of our annals the reader constantly comes upon some record of books made for, or given to the library of the monastery or house in which the writer lived, or in which he was specially interested.1 Sometimes also in manuscript volumes, though not...

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John O. Ward (essay date 2000)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Ward, John O. “The Monastic Historiographical Impulse c. 1000-1260. A Re-Assessment.” In Historia: The Concept and Genres in the Middle Ages, edited by Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen and Päivi Mehtonen, pp. 71-100. Helsinki, Finland: Societas Scientiarum Fennica/Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, 2000.

[In the following essay, Ward discusses secular influences on monastic historiography.]


Historical studies had deserted the cathedral chapters because, especially around the year 1000, they had found in the monasteries, theirfoyer de...

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