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Professor Richard Gameson

Professor in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41043

(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 some eighty 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), and The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100 (2012). He has recently completed a new study of the Lindisfarne Gospels (From Holy Island to Durham: the contexts and meanings of the Lindisfarne Gospels) to accompany the exhibition, 'Lindisfarne Gospels Durham', July-September 2013. He would welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to pursue advanced work in the fields of manuscripts and books, libraries and collections, illumination and decoration.

Publications

Books: authored

Books: booklets

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

Edited essays

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

Edited sources

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

Essays in edited volumes

  • Gameson, Richard (Published). Anglo-Saxon Scribes and Scriptoria. In The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100. Gameson, Richard Cambridge University Press. 94-120.
  • Gameson, Richard (2012). Book Decoration in England c. 871-c. 1100. In The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100. Gameson, Richard Cambridge University Press. 249-293.
  • Gameson, Richard (2012). The Circulation of Books between England and the Continent c. 871-c. 1100. In The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100. Gameson, Richard Cambridge University Press. 344-372.
  • Gameson, Richard (2012). The Study of Early British Books. In The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I: c. 400-1100. Gameson, Richard Cambridge University Press. 709-722.
  • Gameson, R. (2011). The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon Book. In The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology. Foster, S., Hamerow, H. & Hinton, D. Oxford University Press. 815-841.
  • Gameson, R. (2010). An Itinerant English Master around the Millennium. In England and the Continent in the Tenth Century: studies in honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947). Rollason, D., Leyser, C. & Williams, H. Brepols. 37: 87-134.
  • . (2008). The Bayeux Tapestry. In The History of British Art 600-1600. T. Ayers London: Tate Gallery. 46-7.
  • . (2008). The Oldest Medieval Manuscript in New Zealand: Dunedin Public Library, Reed Collection 1. In Migrations: Medieval Manuscripts in New Zealand. A. Barrett & S. Hollis recte: Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 147-64.
  • . (2007). The history of the book. In A Century of British Medieval Studies. A.D. Deyermond Oxford: Oxford University Press and the British Academy. 701-35.
  • A. Deyermond (2007). The History of the Book. In A Century of British Medieval Studies. London: British Academy. 701-35.
  • . (2007). The script of the orginal core. In The Durham Liber Vitae. David & Lynda Rollason London: The British Library. I: 58-65.
  • . (2007). The Script of the Original Core. In The Durham Liber Vitae. D. Rollason & L. Rollason London: 3: 58-65.
  • . (2006). L’Angleterre et la Flandre. In L’Art de l’an mil en Europe, 950-1050. L. Castelfranchi Vegas Paris: Thalia: 161-98.
  • . (2006). Signed" Manuscripts from Early Romanesque Flanders: Saint-Bertin and Saint-Vaast. In Pen in hand: medieval scribes, depictions and colophons. M. Gullick Walkern: The Red Gull Press. 31-73.
  • Gameson, R (2006). The medieval library (to c. 1450). In The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland Volume 1 To 1640. E. Leedham-Green & T. Webber Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1: 13-50.
  • . (2006). The Physical Setting: The Medieval Library (to c. 1450). In The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland 1. E. Leedham-Green & T. Webber Cambridge: 13-50.
  • . (2005). A Scribe's Confession and the Making of the Anchin Hrabanus. In Manuscripts in Transition, Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts of The Low Countries. B. Dekeyser & B. Cardon Leuven: 65-79.
  • . (2005). From Augustine to Parker: The Changing Face of the First Archbishop of Canterbury. In Anglo-Saxons: studies presented to Cyril Roy Hart. A. P. Smyth and S. D. Keynes [with F. Gameson] Dublin: 13-38.
  • . (2005). St Wulfstan, the library of Worcester and the spirituality of the medieval book. In St Wulfstan and his World. Barrow, J.S. & Brooks, N.P. Aldershot: Ashgate. 59-104.
  • . (2005). St Wulfstan, the Library of Worcester and the Spirituality of the Medieval Book. In St Wulfstan of Worcester and his World. N. Brooks & J. Barrow London: 59-104.
  • . (2003). La Normandie et l'Angleterre au XIe siècle: le témoignage des manuscrits. In La Normandie et l'Angleterre au Moyen Age. P. Bouet & V. Gazeau Caen-Turnhout: 129-172.
  • . (2002). L'Angleterre et la Flandre aux Xe et XIe siècles: le témoignage des manuscrits. In Les Echanges culturelles au Moyen Age: Publications de la Sorbonne, série histoire ancienne et médiévale 70. Paris: 165-206.
  • . (2002). Les Colophons des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel. In Images de la foi: La Bible et les Pères de l'église dans les manuscrits de Clairvaux et du Mont-Saint-Michel. J.-L. Leservoisier Paris: 165-206.
  • . (2002). The Early Imagery of Thomas Becket. In Pilgrimage: The English Experience. C. Morris & P. Roberts Cambridge: 46-89.
  • . (2001). Denmark’ and ‘Sweden’ [descriptions of the Boethius manuscripts in collections in those countries. In Codices Boethiani II. L. Smith London and Turin: 130-6 and 155-63.
  • . (2001). Die Kunst in Südengland und Flandern. In Europas. Castelfranchi Vegas et al Regensburg: 161-98.
  • . (2001). Introduction. In The Codex Aureus: An Eighth-Century Gospel Book, 2 vols. R. Gameson Copenhagen: Rosenkilde and Bagger. XXVIII & XXIX: 9-103.
  • . (2001). Why did Eadfrith write the Lindisfarne Gospels? In Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages. Gameson & Leyser 45-58.
  • . (2000). Books, Culture and the Church in Canterbury around the Millennium. In Vikings, Monks and the Millennium. Eales & Gameson 15-40.
  • (2000). El Arte en la Inglaterra Meridional y en Flandes’ in L. Castelfranchi Vega et al. In Ano Mil: El arte en Europa 950-1050. Barcelona-Madrid: 161-98.
  • . (2000). L'Arte nell'Inghilterra meridionale e in Fiandra’ in L. Castelfranchi Vegas et al. In L'Arte dell'Anno Mille in Europa. Milan: 161-98.
  • . (2000). Les implications culturelles de l'arrivée de St Augustin en Angleterre. In L'église et la mission au VIe siècle. C. de Dreuille Paris: 123-47.
  • . (2000). The Hereford Gospels. In Hereford Cathedral: a history. G. Aylmer & J. Tiller London: 536-43.
  • . (1999). Augustine of Canterbury: Context and Achievement. In St Augustine of Canterbury and the Conversion of England. R. Gameson 1-40.
  • . (1999). Bogkulturen i Nordeuropa i 900- og 1000-Tallet. In Levende Ord & Lysende Billeder: Den Middelalderlige Bogkultur i Danmark. E. Petersen & 2 vols Copenhagen: 23-51.
  • . (1999). Book Culture in Northern Europe in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries. In Living Words and Luminous Pictures: Medieval Book Culture in Denmark. E. Petersen & 2 vols Copenhagen: 23-51.
  • . (1999). Manuscrits normands à Exeter aux XIe et XIIe siècles. In Manuscrits et enluminures dans le monde normand Xe-XVe siècles. P. Bouet & M. Dosdat Caen: 107-27.
  • . (1999). The Earliest Books of Christian Kent. In St Augustine of Canterbury and the Conversion of England. R. Gameson 313-73.
  • . (1998). English Book Collections in the Late Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries: Symeon's Durham and its Context. In Symeon of Durham: historian of Durham and the North. D. Rollason Stamford: 230-53.
  • . (1997). The Gospels of Margaret of Scotland and the Literacy of an Early Medieval Queen. In Women and The Book. L. Smith & J. Taylor London: 148-71.
  • . (1997). The Origin, Art and Message of the Bayeux Tapestry. In The Study of the Bayeux Tapestry. R. Gameson 157-211.
  • . (1996). Book Production and Decoration at Worcester in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries. In St Oswald: life and influence. N. Brooks & C. Cubitt Leicester: 194-244.
  • . (1996). Wulf and Eadwacer, The Wife's Lament and the Discovery of the Individual in Old English Verse. In Doubt Wisely: essays presented to E. G. Stanley. J. Toswell and E. Tyler [with F. Gameson]. London: 457-74.
  • . (1995). English Manuscript Art in the Late Eleventh Century: Canterbury and its Context. In Canterbury and the Norman Conquest. R. Eales & R. Sharpe London: 95-144.
  • . (1994). The Royal 1 B. vii Gospels and English Book Production in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries. In The Early Medieval Bible. R. Gameson 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 Woodbridge: 187-220.

Journal papers: academic

  • (2009). Codices Aurei. The Edge 14-15: 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: 89-107.
  • (2007). From Symeon to Hoccleve: five medieval manuscripts in Durham University. A2Z: Palaeography Special Interest 16: 1-11.
  • (2007). From Symeon to Hoccleve: Five Medieval Manuscripts in Durham University Library. A2z: Palaeography Special Interest Group 16 1-11.
  • (2007). The Earliest Books of Arras Cathedral. Scriptorium 61 233-85.
  • (2005). Recovered! On the early manuscripts of Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury Cathedral Chronicle 99 33-40.
  • (2003). A Little-Known Fifteenth-Century Missal. Canterbury Cathedral Chronicle 97 34-9.
  • (2002). The Colophon of the Eadwig Gospels. Anglo-Saxon England 31 201-222.
  • (2002). The Insular Gospel Book at Hereford Cathedral. Scriptorium 56 48-79.
  • (2001). Hugo Pictor: enlumineur normand. Cahiers de Civilisation médiévale 44 121-38.
  • (1998). La Bible de Saint-Vaast, Arras, et un manuscrit anglo-saxon de Boèce. Scriptorium 52 316-21.
  • (1996). The Origin of the Exeter Book of Old English Poetry. Anglo-Saxon England 25 135-85.
  • (1995). Alfred the Great and the Destruction and Production of Christian Books. Scriptorium 50 180-210.
  • (1995). Anglo-Norman Manuscripts. Old English Newsletter 28 part B: 23-34.
  • (1994). Barfreston Church. Archaeological Journal 151 15-16.
  • [with F. Gameson] (1993). The Anglo-Saxon Inscription at St Mary's Church, Breamore, Hampshire. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 6 1-10.
  • (1993). The Romanesque Artist of the Harley 603 Psalter. English Manuscript Studies 4 24-61.
  • (1992). Ælfric and the Perception of Script and Picture in Anglo-Saxon England. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 5 85-101.
  • (1992). The Cost of the Codex Amiatinus. Notes and Queries 237 2-9.
  • (1992). The Decoration of the Tanner Bede. Anglo-Saxon England 21 115-59.
  • (1992). The Fabric of the Tanner Bede. Bodleian Library Record 14 176-206.
  • (1992). The Romanesque Crypt Capitals of Canterbury Cathedral. Archaeologia Cantiana 17-48.
  • (1991). English Manuscript Art in the Mid-Eleventh Century. Antiquaries Journal 71 64-122.
  • (1991). The Danson Psalter. Trinity Report 90 71-83.
  • (1991). The Medieval Manuscripts of Trinity College, Oxford: Addendum’ [a catalogue of the additions since Coxe. Oxoniensia 56 77-101.
  • (1990). The Anglo-Saxon Artists of the Harley 603 Psalter. Journal of the British Archaeological Association 143 29-48.

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