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By Jennifer Summit

In Jennifer Summit’s account, libraries are greater than inert storehouses of written culture; they're risky areas that actively form the meanings and makes use of of books, analyzing, and the prior. contemplating the two-hundred-year interval among 1431, which observed the basis of Duke Humfrey’s well-known library, and 1631, whilst the nice antiquarian Sir Robert Cotton died, Memory’s Library revises the background of the fashionable library by way of targeting its origins in medieval and early smooth England.

Summit argues that the medieval resources that live on in English collections are the made from a Reformation and post-Reformation fight to redefine the prior through redefining the cultural position, functionality, and id of libraries. through developing the highbrow dynamism of English libraries in this an important interval in their improvement, Memory’s Library demonstrates how a lot present discussions in regards to the way forward for libraries can achieve by means of reexamining their past.

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