MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World

CHRISTOPHER DE HAMEL
656pp COLOUR ILLUS 2017 LIST PRICE: £30.00 HC66

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The book invites the reader into intimate conversations with twelve of the most famous manuscripts in existence and explores with the author what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history -- and sometimes about the modern world too. De Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and manuscript scholars, showing how he and his fellows piece together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions. He traces the elaborate journeys which these exceptionally precious artefacts have made through time and space, shows us how they have been copied, who owned them or lusted after them, how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and luxury and as symbols of national identity. The volume is sumptuously illustrated.

De Hamel’s book, scholarly but unfailingly readable, is the beginning of wisdom in all things scribal and scriptural. OBSERVER