Cotton's Library: The Many Perils of Preserving History by Matt Kuhns

By Matt Kuhns

"Cotton’s Library" finds what can occur to a museum-quality assortment sooner than it reaches the protection of a museum (and occasionally, even after).

Discover the tale of an embryonic British nationwide library assembled greater than four hundred years in the past by means of Sir Robert Cotton. Boasting masterpieces of medieval illumination, the only manuscript resources of Beowulf and "Sir Gawain and the fairway Knight," and of 4 surviving 1215 copies of Magna Carta in addition to many less-famed yet nonetheless precious old files, Cotton’s library used to be and is an irreplaceable treasure of the English-speaking global. Cotton and his successors still struggled for hundreds of years to maintain his library for, and infrequently from, formal executive custodianship.

Overcoming warfare, repression, grasping heirs, fascinating opponents and disastrous fires, they eventually succeeded, to our personal nice profit. "Cotton’s Library" tells how they did it.

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