Easter at Kings – New Parker Library exhibition and talk

As part of the "Easter at King's" festival of services and concerts for Holy Week and Easter, Dr de Hamel will give an illustrated talk about the Parker Library. This will take place at 10.00am, on Thursday 28th March, in King's College. The exact venue is still to be confirmed, but we will post details... Continue Reading →

Candlemas, the guild and the college

Today is Candlemas which serves as the secondary feast-day of Corpus Christi College. The primary feast-day is of course Corpus Christi, generally in June. The Candlemas connection comes about because the college was founded in 1352 by a united guild of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary... Continue Reading →

Matthew Parker as Collector: The ones that got away I

Although the Parker Library contains hundreds of manuscripts given by Parker to Corpus, he did give manuscripts to other people and institutions. Inspired by Cambridge University Library's Shelf Lives exhibition, I thought I'd look at some of the 'ones that got away'. Perhaps the most significant Parker manuscripts elsewhere are those in the University Library,... Continue Reading →

Catalonia 1400: The International Gothic Style

I was lucky enough last week to visit Barcelona, accompanying the globe-trotting Machaut manuscript (Ferrell MS 1) which was recently on exhibition in Paris. But it has important Spanish as well as French connections so it's appropriate that it's now on view in a new exhibition at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Although... Continue Reading →

Exhibition of Irish and Irish-related manuscripts

The next exhibition to take place in the Parker Library will be an exhibition of Irish and Irish-related manuscripts to tie in with a whole series of events celebrating Irish in Cambridge, entitled Seachtain na Gaeilge, and including poetry readings, songs and film. The works exhibited include saints' lives, chronicles, maps, glossaries, charters and poems.... Continue Reading →

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