This bit is from Chapter 4, and the subject is the libraries of "Europe's High Middle Ages":
Bibliophiles, such as Petrarch's acquaintance, English bishop Richard de Bury (1281-1345), gathered books (manuscripts) wherever and however they could. . . . As a high official of King Edward III, de Bury was showered with gifts and bribes from those who desired his favor and influence with the royal court. The best bribe, however, was a book. [p.69]Yes, that usually works with me, too.
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