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 →

Medieval Welsh Law (Cyfraith Hywel)

Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to be focusing on various digital projects and resources both old and new which incorporate data concerning one or more manuscripts from the Parker Library collection. The first project is one that's just gone live, Cyfraith Hywel (the Laws of Hywel Dda), a resource for the study... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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