In his search for an historical context for the famous Exeter Book
of Old English poetry, Dr Conner's examination of the
archaeological and textual records of Exeter have led him to
significant new conclusions about the city's tenth century monastic
culture. He posits the existence of a large library dating from the
time of King AEthelstan, an active scriptorium from at least the
mid-century period, and suggests that five other important
manuscripts may have originated at Exeter c.950-c.990.A
codicological examination of the Exeter Book draws fresh
conclusions about its composition and its literary context.
Anglo-Saxon Exeterconcludes with six appendices in which many
documents important to the early history of the city are edited,
including its relic-lists, the records for moving the see from
Crediton to Exeter, Leofric's Inventory, a series of legal records
which survive on a single leaf of an 8th-century lectionary, and a
study of the history of the Exeter Book from 1050 to the present.
PATRICK CONNER is Professor in the department of English at West
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