By Matt Kuhns
Discover the tale of an embryonic British nationwide library assembled greater than four hundred years in the past through Sir Robert Cotton. Boasting masterpieces of medieval illumination, the only manuscript resources of Beowulf and "Sir Gawain and the golf green Knight," and of 4 surviving 1215 copies of Magna Carta in addition to many less-famed yet nonetheless necessary old files, Cotton’s library used to be and is an irreplaceable treasure of the English-speaking international. Cotton and his successors still struggled for hundreds of years to maintain his library for, and infrequently from, formal govt custodianship.
Overcoming warfare, repression, grasping heirs, interesting competitors and disastrous fires, they eventually succeeded, to our personal nice profit. "Cotton’s Library" tells how they did it.
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