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Department of History

Staff Profile

Professor Richard Gameson

Professor (History of the Book) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41043
Full Executive Committee Member in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

(email at richard.gameson@durham.ac.uk)

Richard Gameson specialises in the history of the book from Antiquity to the Renaissance, and in medieval art. He has published over ninety studies on medieval manuscripts, book collections, art and cultural history, including The Old Library (1988), The Early Medieval Bible (1994), The Role of Art in the late Anglo-Saxon Church (1995), The study of the Bayeux Tapestry (1997) The Manuscripts of Early Norman England (1999), Augustine of Canterbury and the Conversion of England (1999), The Scribe Speaks: colophons in early English Manuscripts (2002), Codex Aureus: an eighth-century gospel book (2001-2), The Earliest Books of Canterbury Cathedral (2008), Manuscript Treasures of Durham Cathedral (2010), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100 (2012), and From Holy Island to Durham: the contexts and meanings of the Lindisfarne Gospels (2013). This last accompanied the exhibition, 'Lindisfarne Gospels Durham', held at Palace Green Library, Durham, from July-September 2013, for which he was academic curator. He is completing a catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Trinity College, Oxford, and is working on a catalogue of the manuscript collection of Durham Cathedral. As part of a team with Professor Andy Beeby of the Department of Chemistry, Durham, and Dr Catherine Nicholson of Northumbria University, he investigates by non-destructive scientific means the nature and use of medieval illuminators' pigments. He would welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to pursue advanced work in the fields of manuscripts and books, libraries and collections, illumination and decoration.

Research Groups

  • Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia
  • Continental Europe and Russia
  • Intellectual Culture
  • Medieval
  • Theology and Religion
  • Visual Culture

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Publications

Books: authored

Books: booklets

  • 2002 The Scribe Speaks? Colophons in Early English Manuscripts, Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, 52 pp.
  • 2000 (co-authored with Richard Eales) Vikings, Monks and the Millennium: Canterbury c. 1000, Canterbury Archaeological Society, 42 pp.
  • 1988 (co-authored with A. Coates) The Old Library, Oxford: Trinity College, 54 pp.

Books: edited

  • 2012 The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I, c. 400-1100, Cambridge University Press.

Edited essays

  • 2007 Treasures of Durham University Library, Third Millennium and Durham University, 160 pp.
  • 2001 (co-edited with H. Leyser) Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages, Oxford University Press, 370 pp.
  • 1999 Augustine of Canterbury and the Conversion of England, Sutton, 436 pp.
  • 1997 The Study of the Bayeux Tapestry, Boydell and Brewer, 216 pp.
  • 1994 The Early Medieval Bible: Its Production, Decoration and Use, Cambridge University Press, 242 pp.

Edited sources

  • 2001 The Codex Aureus: An Eighth-Century Gospel Book, Rosenkilde and Bagger (2 vols.), 104pp. + 122 plates, 16pp. + 238 plates.

Essays in edited volumes

  • 2015 'History of the Manuscript to the Reformation', in Breay, C & Meehan, B (eds.), The St Cuthbert Gospel: studies on the Insular Manuscripts of the Gospel of John, British Library, pp. 129-136
  • 2015 'Materials, Text, Layout and Script', in Breay, C. & Meehan, B. (eds.), The St Cuthbert Gospel: studies on the Insular Manuscripts of the Gospel of John, British Library, pp. 13-39, 171-183
  • 2015 'The Cathedral's Earliest Books', in Brown, David (ed.), Durham Cathedral: history, fabric and culture, Yale, pp. 398-421, 548-551
  • 2015 'The Image of the Medieval Library', in Crawford, Alice (ed.), The Meaning of the Library: a cultural history, Princeton, pp. 31-71
  • 2015 'The Manuscript Context: the Thorney Gospels', in Rollason, Lynda (ed.), The Thorney Liber Vitae, British Library Add. MS 40,000. Edition, Facsimile and Study, Boydell and Brewer, pp. 20-52
  • 2015 'The Thorney Liber Vitae: planning, production and palaeography', in Rollason, Lynda (ed.), The Thorney Liber Vitae, British Library Add. MS 40,000. Edition, Facsimile and Study, Boydell and Brewer, pp. 115-124
  • 2013 'Durham's Paris Bible and the Use of the Bible in a late Medieval Benedictine Community', in Poleg, E & Light, L (eds.), Form and Function of the late Medieval Bible, Brill, pp. 67-104
  • 2013 'The Earliest English Royal Books', in Doyle, K & McKendrick, S (eds.), A Thousand Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts, British Library, pp. 3-35
  • 2012 'Anglo-Saxon Scribes and Scriptoria', in Gameson, Richard (ed.), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100, Cambridge University Press, pp. 94-120
  • 2012 'Book Decoration in England c. 871-c. 1100', in Gameson, Richard (ed.), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100, Cambridge University Press, pp. 249-293
  • 2012 'The Circulation of Books between England and the Continent c. 871-c. 1100', in Gameson, Richard (ed.), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100, Cambridge University Press, pp. 344-372
  • 2012 'The Study of Early British Books', in Gameson, Richard (ed.), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100, Cambridge University Press, pp. 709-722
  • 2011 'The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon Book', in Foster, S., Hamerow, H. & Hinton, D. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, Oxford University Press, pp. 815-841
  • 2010 'An Itinerant English Master around the Millennium', in Rollason, D., Leyser, C. & Williams, H. (eds.), England and the Continent in the Tenth Century: studies in honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947), Brepols, pp. 87-134
  • 2008 'The Bayeux Tapestry', in T. Ayers (ed.), The History of British Art 600-1600, Tate Gallery, pp. 46-7
  • 2008 'The Oldest Medieval Manuscript in New Zealand: Dunedin Public Library, Reed Collection 1', in A. Barrett & S. Hollis (eds.), Migrations: Medieval Manuscripts in New Zealand, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 147-64
  • 2007 'The history of the book', in A.D. Deyermond (ed.), A Century of British Medieval Studies, Oxford University Press and the British Academy, pp. 701-35
  • 2007 (co-edited with A. Deyermond) 'The History of the Book', in (ed.), A Century of British Medieval Studies, British Academy, pp. 701-35
  • 2007 'The script of the orginal core', in David & Lynda Rollason (eds.), The Durham Liber Vitae, The British Library, pp. 58-65
  • 2007 'The Script of the Original Core', in D. Rollason & L. Rollason (eds.), The Durham Liber Vitae, pp. 58-65
  • 2006 'L’Angleterre et la Flandre', in L. Castelfranchi Vegas (ed.), L’Art de l’an mil en Europe, 950-1050, pp. 161-98
  • 2006 'Signed" Manuscripts from Early Romanesque Flanders: Saint-Bertin and Saint-Vaast', in M. Gullick (ed.), Pen in hand: medieval scribes, depictions and colophons, The Red Gull Press, pp. 31-73
  • 2006 'The medieval library (to c. 1450)', in E. Leedham-Green & T. Webber (eds.), The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland Volume 1 To 1640, Cambridge University Press, pp. 13-50
  • 2006 'The Physical Setting: The Medieval Library (to c. 1450)', in E. Leedham-Green & T. Webber (eds.), The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland 1, pp. 13-50
  • 2005 'A Scribe's Confession and the Making of the Anchin Hrabanus', in B. Dekeyser & B. Cardon (eds.), Manuscripts in Transition, Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts of The Low Countries, pp. 65-79
  • 2005 'From Augustine to Parker: The Changing Face of the First Archbishop of Canterbury', in A. P. Smyth and S. D. Keynes [with F. Gameson] (ed.), Anglo-Saxons: studies presented to Cyril Roy Hart, pp. 13-38
  • 2005 (co-authored with) 'St Wulfstan, the library of Worcester and the spirituality of the medieval book', in Barrow, J.S. & Brooks, N.P. (eds.), St Wulfstan and his World, Ashgate, pp. 59-104
  • 2003 'La Normandie et l'Angleterre au XIe siècle: le témoignage des manuscrits', in P. Bouet & V. Gazeau (eds.), La Normandie et l'Angleterre au Moyen Age, pp. 129-172
  • 2002 'L'Angleterre et la Flandre aux Xe et XIe siècles: le témoignage des manuscrits', in (ed.), Les Echanges culturelles au Moyen Age: Publications de la Sorbonne, série histoire ancienne et médiévale 70, pp. 165-206
  • 2002 'Les Colophons des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel', in J.-L. Leservoisier (ed.), Images de la foi: La Bible et les Pères de l'église dans les manuscrits de Clairvaux et du Mont-Saint-Michel, pp. 165-206
  • 2002 'The Early Imagery of Thomas Becket', in C. Morris & P. Roberts (eds.), Pilgrimage: The English Experience, pp. 46-89
  • 2001 'Denmark’ and ‘Sweden’ [descriptions of the Boethius manuscripts in collections in those countries', in L. Smith (ed.), Codices Boethiani II, pp. 130-6 and 155-63
  • 2001 'Die Kunst in Südengland und Flandern', in Castelfranchi Vegas et al (ed.), Europas, pp. 161-98
  • 2001 'Introduction', in R. Gameson (ed.), The Codex Aureus: An Eighth-Century Gospel Book, 2 vols, Rosenkilde and Bagger, pp. 9-103
  • 2001 'Why did Eadfrith write the Lindisfarne Gospels?', in Gameson & Leyser (eds.), Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages, pp. 45-58
  • 2000 'Books, Culture and the Church in Canterbury around the Millennium', in Eales & Gameson (eds.), Vikings, Monks and the Millennium, pp. 15-40
  • 2000 'El Arte en la Inglaterra Meridional y en Flandes’ in L. Castelfranchi Vega et al', in (ed.), Ano Mil: El arte en Europa 950-1050, pp. 161-98
  • 2000 'L'Arte nell'Inghilterra meridionale e in Fiandra’ in L. Castelfranchi Vegas et al', in (ed.), L'Arte dell'Anno Mille in Europa, pp. 161-98
  • 2000 'Les implications culturelles de l'arrivée de St Augustin en Angleterre', in C. de Dreuille (ed.), L'église et la mission au VIe siècle, pp. 123-47
  • 2000 'The Hereford Gospels', in G. Aylmer & J. Tiller (eds.), Hereford Cathedral: a history, pp. 536-43
  • 1999 'Augustine of Canterbury: Context and Achievement', in R. Gameson (ed.), St Augustine of Canterbury and the Conversion of England, pp. 1-40
  • 1999 'Bogkulturen i Nordeuropa i 900- og 1000-Tallet', in E. Petersen & 2 vols (eds.), Levende Ord & Lysende Billeder: Den Middelalderlige Bogkultur i Danmark, pp. 23-51
  • 1999 'Book Culture in Northern Europe in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries', in E. Petersen & 2 vols (eds.), Living Words and Luminous Pictures: Medieval Book Culture in Denmark, pp. 23-51
  • 1999 'Manuscrits normands à Exeter aux XIe et XIIe siècles', in P. Bouet & M. Dosdat (eds.), Manuscrits et enluminures dans le monde normand Xe-XVe siècles, pp. 107-27
  • 1999 'The Earliest Books of Christian Kent', in R. Gameson (ed.), St Augustine of Canterbury and the Conversion of England, pp. 313-73
  • 1998 'English Book Collections in the Late Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries: Symeon's Durham and its Context', in D. Rollason (ed.), Symeon of Durham: historian of Durham and the North, pp. 230-53
  • 1997 'The Gospels of Margaret of Scotland and the Literacy of an Early Medieval Queen', in L. Smith & J. Taylor (eds.), Women and The Book, pp. 148-71
  • 1997 'The Origin, Art and Message of the Bayeux Tapestry', in R. Gameson (ed.), The Study of the Bayeux Tapestry, pp. 157-211
  • 1996 'Book Production and Decoration at Worcester in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries', in N. Brooks & C. Cubitt (eds.), St Oswald: life and influence, pp. 194-244
  • 1996 'Wulf and Eadwacer, The Wife's Lament and the Discovery of the Individual in Old English Verse', in J. Toswell and E. Tyler [with F. Gameson]. (ed.), Doubt Wisely: essays presented to E. G. Stanley, pp. 457-74
  • 1995 'English Manuscript Art in the Late Eleventh Century: Canterbury and its Context', in R. Eales & R. Sharpe (eds.), Canterbury and the Norman Conquest, pp. 95-144
  • 1994 'The Royal 1 B. vii Gospels and English Book Production in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries', in R. Gameson (ed.), The Early Medieval Bible, pp. 24-52
  • 1992 'Manuscript Art at Christ Church, Canterbury, in the Generation after St Dunstan’ in St Dunstan, his life, times and cult', in N. Ramsay et al (ed.), pp. 187-220

Journal papers: academic

  • 2015 (co-authored with Beeby, A., Duckworth, A. & Nicholson, C.) 'Pigments of the Earliest Northumbrian Manuscripts', Scriptorium 69, pp. 33-59
  • 2009 'Codices Aurei', The Edge 14-15, pp. 3-7, 7-10
  • 2009 'The last Chi-rho in the West: from Insular to Anglo-Saxon in the Boulogne 10 Gospels', Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 16, pp. 89-107
  • 2007 'From Symeon to Hoccleve: five medieval manuscripts in Durham University', A2Z: Palaeography Special Interest 16, pp. 1-11
  • 2007 'From Symeon to Hoccleve: Five Medieval Manuscripts in Durham University Library', A2z: Palaeography Special Interest Group 16, pp. 1-11
  • 2007 'The Earliest Books of Arras Cathedral', Scriptorium 61, pp. 233-85
  • 2005 'Recovered! On the early manuscripts of Canterbury Cathedral', Canterbury Cathedral Chronicle 99 pp. 33-40
  • 2003 'A Little-Known Fifteenth-Century Missal', Canterbury Cathedral Chronicle 97 pp. 34-9
  • 2002 'The Colophon of the Eadwig Gospels', Anglo-Saxon England pp. 201-222
  • 2002 'The Insular Gospel Book at Hereford Cathedral', Scriptorium 56, pp. 48-79
  • 2001 'Hugo Pictor: enlumineur normand', Cahiers de Civilisation médiévale 44 pp. 121-38
  • 1998 'La Bible de Saint-Vaast, Arras, et un manuscrit anglo-saxon de Boèce', Scriptorium 52, pp. 316-21
  • 1996 'The Origin of the Exeter Book of Old English Poetry', Anglo-Saxon England pp. 135-85
  • 1995 'Alfred the Great and the Destruction and Production of Christian Books', Scriptorium 50, pp. 180-210
  • 1995 'Anglo-Norman Manuscripts', Old English Newsletter 28, pp. B23-B34
  • 1994 'Barfreston Church', Archaeological Journal 151, pp. 15-16
  • 1993 [with F. Gameson] 'The Anglo-Saxon Inscription at St Mary's Church, Breamore, Hampshire', Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 6 pp. 1-10
  • 1993 'The Romanesque Artist of the Harley 603 Psalter', English Manuscript Studies 4 pp. 24-61
  • 1992 'Ælfric and the Perception of Script and Picture in Anglo-Saxon England', Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 5 pp. 85-101
  • 1992 'The Cost of the Codex Amiatinus', Notes and Queries 237, pp. 2-9
  • 1992 'The Decoration of the Tanner Bede', Anglo-Saxon England pp. 115-59
  • 1992 'The Fabric of the Tanner Bede', Bodleian Library Record 14 pp. 176-206
  • 1992 'The Romanesque Crypt Capitals of Canterbury Cathedral', Archaeologia Cantiana pp. 17-48
  • 1991 'English Manuscript Art in the Mid-Eleventh Century', Antiquaries Journal 71, pp. 64-122
  • 1991 'The Danson Psalter', Trinity Report 90 pp. 71-83
  • 1991 'The Medieval Manuscripts of Trinity College, Oxford: Addendum', Oxoniensia 56, pp. 77-101
  • 1990 'The Anglo-Saxon Artists of the Harley 603 Psalter', Journal of the British Archaeological Association 143, pp. 29-48

Teaching Areas

  • (postgraduate) The Archaeology of the Book: codicology and culture from Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • (Postgraduate) Palaeography: scribes and script from Antiquity to the Renaissance

  • From Papyrus to Print: chapters in the history of the book
  • The Book of Hours in medieval life and art
  • The World of Illuminated Manuscripts