The Scriptorium of Margam Abbey and the Scribes of Early Angevin Glamorgan: Secretarial Administration in a Welsh Marcher Barony, c.1150-c.1225

The Scriptorium of Margam Abbey and the Scribes of Early Angevin Glamorgan: Secretarial Administration in a Welsh Marcher Barony, c.1150-c.1225

By: Robert B. Patterson (author)Hardback

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Margam Abbey was founded by the lord of Glamorgan, Earl Robert of Gloucester, in 1147. Its scriptorium was concerned not only with the usual business of a monastic house, but also provided staff for the central administration of the Gloucester earldom in the twelfth century and served as the earldom's writing-office for Glamorgan in the early thirteenth. Professor Patterson traces the organization and development of Margam's secretarial administration and analyses the nature of other similar institutions in this Marcher lordship during Margam's first eighty years. This overall picture is made possible by his identification, dating, and bureaucratic attribution of over fifty scribal hands found in the Margam manuscripts of the National Library of Wales and the charter collections of the British Library and Hereford Cathedral Library. The hands are fully described and illustrated by plates, and they show in detail the evolution of secretarial hands in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. No similar survey exists, and this one will be welcomed not only by those working with such documents, as also by students of medieval history in a variety of fields. ROBERT B. PATTERSON is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of South Carolina.

Contents

PREFACE V ABBREVIATIONS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PRINTED WORKS ix LIST OF PLATES xxxi INTRODUCTION xxxviii CHAPTER 1: Anglo-Norman Glamorgan 1 CHAPTER 2: Glamorgan's Early Secretarial Administrations 36 CHAPTER 3: The Scriptorium of Margam Abbey 81 CHAPTER 4: A Marcher Barony's 'Chancery'? 130 APPENDIX I: The Hands of Glamorgan's Early Scribes 155 APPENDIX II: Margam Abbey's Early Endorsement and Enrolment Clerks 208 APPENDIX III: Original Acta and Rolls Relating to Glamorgan 1130 to c. 1225 218 INDEX

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  • ISBN13: 9780851158518
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780851158518
  • ISBN10: 085115851X

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