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The Royal Collection of Manuscripts

Introduction The Beginnings of
the Royal Library
The Royal Library
under the Tudors
The Royal Library
in the Stuart Era



Further reading

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921).

Kathleen Doyle, ‘The Old Royal Library: A greate many noble manuscripts yet remaining’, in Scot McKendrick, John Lowden, and Kathleen Doyle., Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illuminations (London: British Library, 2011), pp. 67-93.

Royal Manuscripts before Edward IV

Jeanne E. Krochalis, 'The Books and Readings of Henry V and his Circle', The Chaucer Review, 23 (1988), 50-77.

Susan H. Cavanaugh, 'Royal Books: King John to Richard II', The Library, 6th series, 10 (1988), 304-16.

Jenny Stratford, 'The Royal Library in England before the Reign of Edward IV', in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1992 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by Nicholas Rogers (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1994) pp. 187-97.

Jenny Stratford, ‘The Early Royal Collections and the Royal Library to 1461’, in The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, 6 vols (Cambridge: University Press, 1999-2011), III: 1400-1557, ed. by Lotte Hellinga and J. B. Trapp (1999) pp. 255-66.

From Edward IV to Henry VII

Janet Backhouse, 'Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts', in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 23-42.

Scot McKendrick, ‘La Grande Histoire Cesar and the Manuscripts of Edward IV’, in English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 2, ed. by Peter Beal and Jeremy Griffiths, (London: British Library, 1990), pp. 109-38.

Scot McKendrick, 'The Romuléon and the Manuscripts of Edward IV', in England in the Fifteenth Century, ed. by Nicholas Rogers, Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 4 (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1994), pp. 149-69.

Janet Backhouse, ‘The Royal Library from Edward IV to Henry VII’, in The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, 6 vols (Cambridge: University Press, 1999-2011), III: 1400-1557, ed. by Lotte Hellinga and J. B. Trapp (1999) pp. 267-73.

Anne F. Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, Richard III’s Books: Ideals and Reality in the Life and Library of a Medieval Prince (Stroud, Gloucestershire, Sutton, 1997).

Janet Backhouse, 'Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts', in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 23-42.

Janet Backhouse, 'Illuminated Manuscripts Associated with Henry VII and Members of his Immediate Family', in The Reign of Henry VII: Proceedings of the 1993 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by Benjamin Thompson (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1995), pp. 175-87.

Kathleen L. Scott, 'Manuscripts for Henry VII, his Household and Family', in The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers, ed. by Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2007), pp. 279-86.

Henry VIII

J. P. Carley, 'Marks in Books and the Libraries of Henry VIII', Papers-Bibliographical Society of America, 91 (1997), 583-606.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library in association with The British Academy, 2000).

The Stuart Era

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956).

Colin G. C. Tite, ''Lost or Stolen or Strayed': A Survey of Manuscripts formerly in the Cotton LIbrary', British Library Journal, 18 (1992), 107-47.

J. P. Carley, 'The Royal Library as a Source for Sir Robert Cotton's Collection: A Preliminary List of Acquisitions', The British Library Journal, 18 (1992), 52-73.

Charlotte Fell-Smith, ‘Theyer, John (bap. 1598, d. 1673)’, rev. Robert J. Haines, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.


Introduction The Beginnings of
the Royal Library
The Royal Library
under the Tudors
The Royal Library
in the Stuart Era

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