Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. George Beech

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The objective of this thesis was to describe the libraries of the monastic houses of the diocese of Winchester in the century following the Norman Conquest. An analysis was made of lists of surviving books and of books which could be identified through other primary and secondary sources. A study was also made of the careers of bishops, abbots, priors, and other scholars known to have worked at each of these establishments, in order to determine the nature of the intellectual activity at each monastery. Catalogs of other twelfth century monastic libraries were compared with the works identified in the study, in order to determine how Winchester libraries may have differed from others of the period. The study includes a list of works identified and summarizes the nature of the Norman influence on the houses in question.