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Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers: Essays in Celebration of Helmut Gneuss’s Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (review)

Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers: Essays in Celebration of Helmut Gneuss’s Handlist of... Book Reviews Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers: Essays in Celebration of Helmut Gneuss's Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts. Edited by Thomas N. Hall and Donald Scragg. Publications of the Richard Rawlinson Center. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2008. Pp. xvi + 183. $45 (cloth); $25 (paper). This collection of seven essays, inspired by the publication in 2001 of the much expanded and revised version of Helmut Gneuss's Handlist of Manuscripts Written or Owned in England before 1100, is less a reflection of the impact and significance of the Handlist itself than of the ways in which a close engagement with both manuscript and early printed sources has contributed to Anglo-Saxon studies not only in recent decades but from the beginnings of such scholarship in the sixteenth century. It might also be viewed as complementing the two Festschriften for Professor Gneuss published in 1992 and 2003, edited respectively by Michael Korhammer and by Lucia Kornexl and Ursula Lenker. Whereas only two of the contributions to these volumes had focused upon the use of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts in the early modern period, four do so here (albeit in part indirectly, via sixteenth- and seventeenth-century printed books and manuscript annotations), reflecting the burgeoning of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic Philology University of Illinois Press

Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers: Essays in Celebration of Helmut Gneuss’s Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (review)

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Book Reviews Anglo-Saxon Books and Their Readers: Essays in Celebration of Helmut Gneuss's Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts. Edited by Thomas N. Hall and Donald Scragg. Publications of the Richard Rawlinson Center. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2008. Pp. xvi + 183. $45 (cloth); $25 (paper). This collection of seven essays, inspired by the publication in 2001 of the much expanded and revised version of Helmut Gneuss's Handlist of Manuscripts Written or Owned in England before 1100, is less a reflection of the impact and significance of the Handlist itself than of the ways in which a close engagement with both manuscript and early printed sources has contributed to Anglo-Saxon studies not only in recent decades but from the beginnings of such scholarship in the sixteenth century. It might also be viewed as complementing the two Festschriften for Professor Gneuss published in 1992 and 2003, edited respectively by Michael Korhammer and by Lucia Kornexl and Ursula Lenker. Whereas only two of the contributions to these volumes had focused upon the use of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts in the early modern period, four do so here (albeit in part indirectly, via sixteenth- and seventeenth-century printed books and manuscript annotations), reflecting the burgeoning of

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JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic PhilologyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 30, 2011

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