My experience as an intern at The Parker library; or a brief look into the retained importance of the physicality of manuscripts in an increasingly digital age.

I am a year 12 student at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, who is in the process of writing my Extended Project Qualification on the digitisation, and viewing of medieval manuscripts today. I am also taking A-levels in History, English Literature and History of Art. At the start of this academic year, I was... Continue Reading →

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A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World

As part of my work experience here at the Parker Library I was given the opportunity to do my own research and write it up on a blog post. This was an amazing chance to see what research means practically, and at first I was overwhelmed by the number of books available to look at... Continue Reading →

On a Case by Case Basis: The History Case

Every great hero of English history needs a zealous and over-enthusiastic biographer, and Matthew Parker is no exception. His champion was the English clergyman and historian John Strype (1643-1737), whose biography, The Life and Acts of Matthew Parker, published in 1711, represents the first proper, full length biographical study of Parker. [1] The work is... Continue Reading →

A Guide to the Spanish Inquisition

This week, a researcher discovered that Parker's own copy of A discouery and playne declaration of sundry subtill practises of the Holy Inquisition of Spayne [...] Set forth in Latine, by Reginaldus Gonsaluius Montanus, and lately translated, from 1569, is a rare complete copy, including a full folded sheet that contains an illustrative guide to the various... Continue Reading →

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