The Bibliophilia of Anglo-Saxon England

St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John's Oblates

[h/t to Deacon Matthew Dallman for the link. A point I would add to this article is that the Rule of St. Benedict played a tremendous role in furthering the value of books and literacy. One of the basic monastic practices, lectio divina, presumes literacy, of course. And monks were given books to read, cover to cover, during Lent.]

Eleanor Parker reveals the scholarly network of knowledge that was at the heart of Anglo-Saxon England and the love these scholars had for the pleasures of the written word.

My insides are filled with holy words, and my entrails bear sacred books – yet I can learn nothing from them.

This is a riddle by the Anglo-Saxon poet Aldhelm, to which the solution (as you may have guessed) is ‘book-chest’. It is one of a number of riddles from Anglo-Saxon England that play with the mechanics of books and…

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