Category Perne

Doctor Deynman (d. 1500/01) and his books

We likely know more about Thomas Deynman, M.D. (d. 1500-01) than we do about other physicians active during the reign of Henry VII. He was admitted to Peterhouse as a Fellow in 1473, and was Doctor of Medicine by 1485-86. He was nominated by the Fellows to be Master of Peterhouse in November 1500 but […]

Manuscript addendum

This post presents an addendum to Rodney Thomson’s Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in the Library of Peterhouse (2016), and records a previously unnoticed manuscript that is bound with one of the College’s printed books. For a fuller history of that volume, given to Peterhouse by John Cosin, see July’s blog post (‘Gold Leaf […]

A new manuscript online : Homiliary compiled by Paul the Deacon, Peterhouse MS 130

The fifteenth-century catalogue of the Peterhouse Library, initially compiled on Christmas Eve 1418, gives details of over 450 manuscripts. Our present collection of some 270 manuscript volumes represents over half the working library which was accumulated by the College during the two and a half centuries after its foundation; and is one of only three […]

Indulgences and the Reformation

This month, on October 31st 2017, it is five hundred years since the event that is often said to have sparked the beginning of the Protestant movement in Europe: when Martin Luther nailed his ‘95 Theses’ against the doctrine of indulgences on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. Therefore, it seems somehow appropriate that I […]

‘Cooper’s Dictionary’: a seventeenth-century detective story

The cataloguing project of the rare book collections in the Perne Library is now in its sixth and final year. More than three thousand electronic records have been created and added to the on-line library catalogue, with details about the existing editions and relevant information about individual copies. Along the way, the two cataloguers have […]

“Supplementum chronicarum”, or the story of a book in sixteenth-century Cambridge

Of the volumes currently housed in The Perne Library at Peterhouse, more than a quarter were bequeathed to the College by its then Master Andrew Perne, at his death in 1589. The majority of these books were printed in the sixteenth century, and it is safe to assume that Andrew Perne (c. 1519 -1589) bought […]

The ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’

Most of the older Oxbridge colleges have collections of manuscripts – the handwritten books that made up their reference libraries before the Reformation.  Peterhouse has a substantial collection, about 280 items, most of them still the College’s property, though a few strayed to other places in the course of the 16th and 17th centuries.  Not […]