1. Jesus College, Cambridge, MS,
34. This thirteenth-century manuscript includes two library catalogues,
bound together. The first and longest runs from f. 1r – 5r
and it has been suggested that this is a copy of a late twelfth-century
list (see below); the second shorter catalogue runs from f. 5v-6
and is likely a copy of a thirteenth-century list (see below).
For a recent edition of the two copies of the library catalogue
(and Leland’s observations on the abbey’s holdings
in the later Middle Ages), see Corpus of British Medieval Library
Catalogues 3: Libraries of the Cistercians, Gilbertines and Premonstratensians,
ed. D. N. Bell (London, 1992), pp. 87-120. Bell argues that the
two copies (Z19 and Z20) are not simply a longer and an abbreviated
version of the catalogue but rather copies of two separate lists,
the first and longer one (Z19) a copy of a late twelfth- century
list; the second, a copy of a thirteenth-century list. This, he
suggests, explains why the second copy although shorter than the
first, omits some books that are listed in the first (which had
probably been lost), includes additional works (acquired in the
interim) and is organised differently (a new librarian with fresh
ideas), see pp. 87-88. Surviving manuscripts are discussed by A.
Lawrence ‘English Cistercian manuscripts of the twelfth century’ in Cistercian
Art and Architecture in the British Isles, ed. C. Norton and
D. Park (Cambridge, 1986), pp. 284-298.
2. Lawrence, ‘English Cistercian manuscripts’, p. 290.
3. D. Bell, ‘The books of Meaux Abbey’, Analecta Cisterciensa 40
pp. 25-83, at p. 29.
4. Bell, ‘The books of Meaux’, p. 30.
5. See Bell, ‘The books of Meaux’, pp. 27-30, where he compares the
holdings at Rievaulx, Meaux, Lanthony and Peterborough.
6. C. Cross, ‘Monastic learning and libraries in sixteenth-century Yorkshire’, Studies
in Church History 8: Humanism and Reform: the church in Europe, England and Scotland
1400-1643, Essays in honour of James Cameron (1991), pp. 255-269
at p. 266.