Papers of Janet M. Land relating to libraries and books in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one 'long essay' or dissertation entitled 'The growth of learning and the making of books in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria', submitted in 1968 to the Department of English at the University of Exeter. The dissertation takes the form of a bound typescript with inserted photograph and postcard illustrations.

Administrative / Biographical History

Janet Mary Land was a student of English at the University of Exeter between 1965 and 1968. She graduated with a second-class Honours degree in 1968.


The dissertation is arranged into the following chapters: 1. Written sources of information concerning Roman and Anglo-Saxon England; 2. The establishment of the Christian Church in Anglo-Saxon England; 3. The growth of scholarship in Anglo-Saxon England; 4. Processes of illumination; 5. The Northumbrian School of manuscript illumination; 6. The life of the Venerable Bede; 7. Bede the writer, and his sources; 8. The manuscripts of Bede; 9. Medieval monastic libraries; 10. Northumbrian libraries in Bede’s age.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Other Finding Aids

Single item only.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 14 March 2005, and encoded by Karen Atkinson into EAD on 2 June 2005.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Reserve Collection.

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