Aldhelm - 639 to 709

Recognised scholar, his own quotes suggest he had access to over 90 texts. Likely to have been a mixture of religious books and texts explaining the scriptures.

Evidence suggests manuscripts were kept in a book chest rather than on shelves.

One text from his time from Malmesbury Abbey library may still exist:

Junillus Africanus, Instituta regularia divine legis in the Cotton Collection of British Library

Junillus Africanus (d. 548/9) was Quaestor of the Sacred Palace (overseeing judicial matters) in the court of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Text helps to understand how Byzantium accommodated Roman law as Roman and Christian theories converged.