Parker’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: The Æthelstan Bede (MS 183) and The Old English Bede (MS 41)

With Christmas almost upon us, before we break for the holidays we present one final feature in our series of blog posts celebrating our manuscripts appearing in the British Library’s triumphant Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War exhibition (but never fear; look forward to more in the New Year!). Our first post focused on Parker's magnificent fragment... Continue Reading →

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Parker’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: The Corpus Glossary (MS 144)

The Parker Library is proud to be the single largest lender of manuscripts to the British Library’s magnificent exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War. In a series of blog posts spanning the Christmas holiday and into the New Year, we will shine a spotlight on a selection of the Parker manuscripts currently on display. Our first... Continue Reading →

Saint Augustine Gospels visit Canterbury

On Friday, January 15, 2016, the St Augustine Gospels- a 6th century gospel book that is reputed to have been sent with St Augustine on his mission from Pope Gregory the Great to convert the English people- was brought from Cambridge to Canterbury Cathedral for the day to serve as inspiration to the assembled Primates at an extraordinary... Continue Reading →

Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition, Durham

Two of the best known and most important manuscripts in the Parker collection are about to go on display in the forthcoming Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition at Durham. The exhibition, which opens on 1st July and runs until 30 September, is in the newly refurbished Palace Green Library. On show will be artefacts and manuscripts from,... 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 →

Gaston Fébus et le livre de la chasse

An exhibition is now on at the Musée de Cluny in Paris,  Gaston Fébus et le livre de la chasse, and it contains a manuscript from the Parker Library. The manuscript in question, a highly illuminated copy of the works of the great French 14th century writer and composer Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300-1377), doesn't actually... Continue Reading →

Treasures of Heaven

There's been a lot of media attention about the new exhibition in the old reading room at the British Museum which opens on Thursday. It's called 'Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe'. It's a great opportunity to showcase a range of beautiful objects from the whole of the medieval period, from... Continue Reading →

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