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Professor Richard Gameson

Professor (History of the Book)


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Professor (History of the Book) in the Department of History +44 (0) 191 33 41043
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies +44 (0) 191 33 41043

Biography

Richard Gameson specialises in the history of the book from Antiquity to the Renaissance, and in medieval art. He has published over 100 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), From Holy Island to Durham: the contexts and meanings of the Lindisfarne Gospels (2013), and The Lindisfarne Gospels, new perspectives (2017). From Holy Island to Durham accompanied the exhibition, 'Lindisfarne Gospels Durham', held at Palace Green Library, Durham, from July-September 2013, for which he was academic curator. He has recently completed 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 interests

  • History of the Book from Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • Medieval Art

Research groups

Research Projects

  • British Medieval Illuminators’ Pigments: A Scientific and Cultural Study

Publications

Authored book

  • Gameson, Richard (2018). Codex Amiatinus: making and meaning. Parish Church Council, St Paul's, Jarrow.
  • Gameson, Richard (2018). The Medieval Manuscripts of Trinity College, Oxford: a descriptive catalogue. Oxford Bibliographical Society.
  • Gameson, Richard (2013). From Holy Island to Durham: the contexts and meanings of the Lindisfarne Gospels. London: Third Millennium.
  • (2010). Manuscript Treasures of Durham Cathedral. III Millennium.
  • Gameson, Richard (2008). The Earliest Books of Canterbury Cathedral: Manuscripts and Fragments to c.1200. London: Bibliographical Society; British Library.
  • (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.
  • (1999). The Manuscripts of Early Norman England c. 1066-1130. British Academy.
  • (1995). The Role of Art in the Late Anglo-Saxon Church. Oxford: Oxford: OUP.
  • (co-authored with A. Coates) (1988). The Old Library. Oxford: Trinity College.

Chapter in book

  • Gameson, Richard (2021). Pope's Chaucer. In Middle English Manuscripts and their Legacies. Saunders, Corinne, Lawrie, Richard & Atkinson, Laurie Leiden: Brill. 102.
  • Gameson, Richard (2021). Writing at Wearmouth-Jarrow. In Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. Breay, Claire & Story, Joanna Four Courts Press.
  • Gameson, Richard (2020). 'The Apostle of the English in a Manuscript from Flanders and English and Flemish Benedictine Libraries in the Twelfth Centuries'. In France et Angleterre manuscrits médiévaux entre 700 et 1200. Denoël, Charlotte & Siri, Francesco Brepols. 57.
  • Gameson, Richard (2020). Gospels of Augustine. In The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts: A Handbook. Panayotova, Stella Turnhout: Turnhout: Brepols/Harvey Miller.
  • Gameson, R. (2020). Sin and Salvation in the Hours of Jean de Dunois. In Illuminating the Middle Ages. Cleaver, L., Bovey, A. & Donkin, L. Leiden: Brill. 79: 369-394.
  • Gameson, Richard (2019). The Palaeography of the Inscriptions. In The Staffordshire Hoard: an Anglo-Saxon Treasure. Fern, C. Dickinson, T. & Webster, L. London: London: Society of Antiquaries.
  • Gameson, Richard (2019). The Colophons of Codex Amiatinus. In Anglo-Saxon Micro-Texts. Lenker, U. & Cornexl, L. De Gruyter. 67: 89-116.
  • Gameson, Richard (2018). Conceiving the Life of Texts. In The Life of Texts. Evidence in Textual Production, Transmission and Reception. Caruso, C Bloomsbury Academic. 1-27.
  • Beeby, Andrew, Gameson, Richard & Nicholson, Catherine (2017). Colour at Canterbury: the Pigments of Canterbury Illuminators from the Tenth to the Twelfth Century. In Manuscripts in the Making. Art & Science 1. Panayotova, Stella & Ricciardi, Paola Harvey Miller - Brepols. 21-35.
  • Gameson, Richard (2017). Northumbrian Books in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries. In The Lindisfarne Gospels. New Perspectives. Leiden Boston: Brill. 43-83.
  • Beeby, Andrew, Gameson, Richard, Nicholson, Catherine & Parker, Anthony (2017). Aldred's Red Gloss. In The Lindisfarne Gospels. New Perspectives. Brill. 200-205.
  • Gameson, Richard (2015). The Image of the Medieval Library. In The Meaning of the Library: a cultural history. Crawford, Alice Princeton University Press. 31-71.
  • Gameson, Richard (2015). History of the Manuscript to the Reformation. In The St Cuthbert Gospel: studies on the Insular Manuscripts of the Gospel of John. Breay, C & Meehan, B British Library. 129-136.
  • Gameson, Richard (2015). The Cathedral's Earliest Books. In Durham Cathedral: history, fabric and culture. Brown, David Yale. 398-421, 548-551.
  • Gameson, Richard (2015). The Manuscript Context: the Thorney Gospels. In The Thorney Liber Vitae (London, British Library, Additional MS 40,000, fols 1-12r) Edition, Facsimile and Study. Rollason, Lynda Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. 20-52.
  • Gameson, Richard (2015). Materials, Text, Layout and Script. In The St Cuthbert Gospel: studies on the Insular Manuscripts of the Gospel of John. Breay, C. & Meehan, B. British Library. 13-39, 171-183.
  • Gameson, Richard (2015). The Thorney Liber Vitae: planning, production and palaeography. In The Thorney Liber Vitae, British Library Add. MS 40,000. Edition, Facsimile and Study. Rollason, Lynda Boydell and Brewer. 115-124.
  • Gameson, Richard (2013). The Earliest English Royal Books. In A Thousand Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts. Doyle, K & McKendrick, S British Library. 3-35.
  • Gameson, Richard (2013). Durham's Paris Bible and the Use of the Bible in a late Medieval Benedictine Community. In Form and Function of the late Medieval Bible. Poleg, E & Light, L Brill. 67-104.
  • 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, Richard (2012). 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). 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). 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, 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 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.
  • . (2008). The Bayeux Tapestry. In The History of British Art 600-1600. T. Ayers London: Tate Gallery. 46-7.
  • . (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.
  • . (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.
  • 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). 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.
  • . (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.
  • . (2006). L’Angleterre et la Flandre. In L’Art de l’an mil en Europe, 950-1050. L. Castelfranchi Vegas Paris: Thalia: 161-98.
  • . (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.
  • . (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). 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). 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). Why did Eadfrith write the Lindisfarne Gospels? In Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages. Gameson & Leyser 45-58.
  • . (2000). The Hereford Gospels. In Hereford Cathedral: a history. G. Aylmer & J. Tiller London: 536-43.
  • (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). Books, Culture and the Church in Canterbury around the Millennium. In Vikings, Monks and the Millennium. Eales & Gameson 15-40.
  • . (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). 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.
  • . (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.
  • . (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.
  • . (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 Origin, Art and Message of the Bayeux Tapestry. In The Study of the Bayeux Tapestry. R. Gameson 157-211.
  • . (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.
  • . (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.
  • . (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.
  • . (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.

Edited book

  • Gameson, Richard (2017). The Lindisfarne Gospels. New Perspectives. Library of the Written Word, The Manuscript World. Brill.
  • Gameson, Richard (2012). The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain volume I, c. 400-1100. The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. Cambridge University Press.
  • (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, Research Data Sets and Databases

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

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