Dr James Willoughby


The theme that runs through my research connects medieval books and libraries as an approach to learning in the middle ages, and the writing, publication and transmission of texts from the early middle ages into the sixteenth century. I have a particular interest in the survival of manuscripts in England, after the suppression of nearly all of the institutional libraries of medieval England at the time of the Reformation made the survival of books a matter of chance.

  • A Templar chronicle of the Third Crusade: origin and transmission

  • Common libraries in fifteenth-century England: an episcopal benefaction

  • Inhabited sacristies in medieval England: the case of St Mary's, Warwick

  • The Libraries of Collegiate Churches

  • The secundo folio and its uses, medieval and modern

  • Hospitals, Towns and the Professions

  • The library of the English Hospital in Rome before 1527

  • The provision of books in the English secular college

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