Herbert of Bosham: Manuscripts and History

Our recent conference on Herbert of Bosham, secretary, confidant and biographer of Thomas Becket, was a great success with fascinating papers on the making of Herbert's manuscripts, his Hebrew scholarship and his letters, on his relationship with Becket, and his connections with the court. The final paper of the conference, by organiser Michael Staunton, was... Continue Reading →

St Augustine Gospels and the Enthronement of the Archbishop

Our oldest and most precious book, the St Augustine Gospels (CCCC MS 286) will be playing an important role on Thursday in the enthronement of the new archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. This copy of the four gospels was made in Italy in the late sixth century. It's believed to have been brought to Canterbury... Continue Reading →

Parker’s Scribes

It's well-known that Matthew Parker did more than just collect books and manuscripts. He lent and borrowed, read and studied, had them copied, collated and edited, disbound and rebound. And of course, there's plentiful physical evidence for all these practices in the books themselves. Perhaps the clearest evidence of the ways in which Parker's books... 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 →

History of Libraries Research Seminar

A series of research seminars on the History of Libraries take place annually at  Senate House, University of London, sponsored by the Institute for English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and the Library and Information History Group of CILIP. The seminars are free and open to everyone. And this year there's one of particular... Continue Reading →

Parker Library Audit 2011

The annual Parker Library audit was carried out on Friday 9 September by Dr John Pollard, the Fellow Librarian of Trinity Hall. As I mentioned in last year's post, we're required to check the contents of the library under the terms of the indenture by which Matthew Parker donated his books to the library. If... Continue Reading →

A busy week

Wer're gearing up in the library for the annual Audit Dinner on Friday evening. This year we've also scheduled a one-day conference to coincide with the dinner which has been organised by Visiting Fellow Dr Satoko Tokunaga and is in collaboration with Keio University. The conference addresses digitisation of manuscripts and rare books and includes... Continue Reading →

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