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  • Published: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241003091
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 624

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts




An extraordinary exploration of the medieval world - the most beguiling history book of the year

This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature.

The idea for this book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into an intimate conversation with a selection of the most famous manuscripts in existence, and to let each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the reader to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discover twelve great manuscripts and to explore their historical and intellectual significance.

  • Published: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241003091
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 624

Praise for Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Christopher de Hamel's exploration of medieval manuscripts - a dozen peaks from St Augustine to Chaucer and beyond, gorgeously and copiously illustrated - is itself an extraordinary book, a work of scholarship and history salted with the author's excitement as he conducts us among the great libraries of Western civilization. It is full of delights, as well as surprising reminders of the shifting ground of knowledge.

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