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Our imperfect knowledge: John Dygon and Joanna Greenwood versus Andrew Holes

Rundle, David (2022) Our imperfect knowledge: John Dygon and Joanna Greenwood versus Andrew Holes. In: Saunders, Corinne and Lawrie, Richard and Atkinson, Laurie, eds. Middle English Manuscripts and Their Legacies. A Volume in Honour of Ian Doyle. Library of the Written Word . Brill, Leiden, pp. 71-95. ISBN 978-90-04-47214-3. E-ISBN 978-90-04-47216-7. (doi:10.1163/9789004472167_006) (KAR id:91771)


This article considers the contrasts and the similarities between two manuscript collectors in fifteenth-century England. Though they were both Oxford graduates, each of whom was based in Salisbury for a time, John Dygon and Andrew Holes had rather different careers, the former spending his last years as a recluse at Sheen, while Holes had a long stint at the papal curia in Florence. It has been assumed that there was an overlap on the book-collecting habits but this is shown not to have been the case; it is unlikely that they knew each other well -- Dygon had left Salisbury before Holes arrived there. Despite that, a comparison between them is instructive, suggesting different routes to a cosmopolitan outlook that could be taken in fifteenth-century England.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/9789004472167_006
Uncontrolled keywords: John Dygon, Andrew Holes, Sheen, manuscript circulation, Magdalen College Oxford
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN441 Literary History
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z4 Books. Writing. Paleography
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: David Rundle
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2021 14:41 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2022 10:55 UTC
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