Foundational Document, CCCC01/GF/1

The college's foundational document has been on display since the start of the year as part of the current 'Town and Gown' exhibition, due to run until March. The historic link with St Bene't's church, attested in this document, is this year celebrated anew in the year of St Bene't's millennium. Edward D.G. (Deo Gracias)... Continue Reading →

Curing Thousands of Diseases

One of the great privileges of working in The Parker Library is the opportunity to slowly discover the collections, to spend a few minutes looking at a manuscript whose shelfmark you don't recognise, to talk to readers working on things you've never considered, to share in the excitement of new discoveries, and to learn just... Continue Reading →

Two to One: The Otho-Corpus Gospels

Although we have highlighted the loan of four of the eleven manuscripts that have been on loan to the British Library as part of their spectacular Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War exhibition, and although we will be focusing on a few more items individually as they make their way back to the Cambridge, we thought... Continue Reading →

The Residue of Alchemy in Botany

Plants really don’t move. The majority grow in the same places, look the same, smell the same, and act the same for thousands of years, and this slow evolution is a useful lodestone to help us navigate the shoals of botanical thought, which have changed so dramatically in the past 600 years as to be... Continue Reading →

Call for Papers: Parker Library on the Web 2.0

  The Parker Library is pleased to invite contributions to a symposium celebrating the launch of its newly redesigned online platform. It will be an occasion to reflect on the impact of the digital humanities on manuscript studies, bringing together graduate students, researchers, and library professionals who work with or on manuscript books.   Thanks... Continue Reading →

On a Case by Case Basis: the Classics Case

Moving on from vernacular texts, the next case sets to explore the differing readership practices of classical works in Latin and Greek. It displays books from the early twelfth to the late fifteenth centuries and seeks to show different layers of knowledge in these languages after late Antiquity. As this array of material was especially... Continue Reading →

On a Case by Case Basis: The English Case

Our second exhibition case is currently dedicated to the study of English literature, which, unlike Theology, was not part of the university curriculum during Parker’s time (and it would have had to wait for another 350 years at least). I focused specifically on post-Conquest material, since we decided to keep our Anglo-Saxon books in a... Continue Reading →

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