Bibliomania in the Middle Ages by F. Somner Merryweather

By F. Somner Merryweather

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D. 1343, to a neighboring monastery, containing twenty volumes. The engagement to restore these books was formally drawn up and sealed. In the monasteries the first consideration was to see that the library was well stored with those books necessary for the performance of the various offices of the church, but besides these the library ought, according to established rules, to contain for the "edification of the brothers" such as were fit and needful to be consulted in common study. ;[25] these and other large books the monks were allowed to take and study in private, but the smaller ones they could only study in the library, lest they should be lost or mislaid.

Ordin. Grandimont. ap. Martene cap. x. , tom. iv. pp. 289, 339. [33] Const. Canon. Reg. ap. Martene, tom. iii. p. 263. , cap. xxi. p. 263. [35] Stevenson's Supple. to Bentham's Hist. of the Church of Ely, p. 51. [36] Thomas' Survey of the Church of Worcester, p. 45. [37] Mabillon. Annal. tom. vi. pp. 651 and 652. Hist. Litt. de la France, ix. p. 140. [38] They managed the pecuniary matters of the fraternity. William of Malmsbury was precentor as well as librarian to his monastery. [39] Martene de Antiq.

Vi. pp. 651 and 652. Hist. Litt. de la France, ix. p. 140. [38] They managed the pecuniary matters of the fraternity. William of Malmsbury was precentor as well as librarian to his monastery. [39] Martene de Antiq. Eccl. Ritibus ii. p. 302. —Calligraphic art, etc. s the monasteries were the schools of learning, so their occupants were the preservers of literature, and, as Herault observes, had they not taken the trouble to transcribe books, the ancients had been lost to us for ever; to them, therefore, we owe much.

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