Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
by Christopher De Hamel
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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VAINQUEUR of THE WOLFSON HISTORY and the DUFF COOPER award for NON-FICTION’ Endlessly fascinating and pleasant’ Neil MacGregor’ A wonderful book’ David Attenborough’ Full of extraordinary exploration of the Tom StoppardAn’s delights of the medieval world – the most seductive history book of the yearThis is a book on why manuscriptsFace-to-face entry with an important illuminated manuscript to the original is like a very famous person of the meetingWe can all pretend that a well known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet, there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of global stature.The idea for the book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into intimate conversations with twelve of the most famous existing manuscripts and to explore with the author of what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history – and sometimes all too much of the modern world.Christopher de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, thieves, merchants, collectors and the international community of manuscript seekers, showing us how he and his companions reconstitute evidence joining unexpected conclusionsLet him trace the elaborate journeys that have made these artefacts exceptionally valuable through time and space, shows us how they were copied, who possessed them or coveted them after them (and how we can say how we can say), how they were emburbs in politics and science conflicts, how they were considered as luxury objects and supreme beauty and as symbols of national identity.The book deals with religion, art, literature, music, science and the history of taste.Party travel diary, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, meetings with remarkable manuscripts translates the fascination and excitement of meeting some of the greatest works of art in our culture that, in the originals, are for most people totally inaccessibleIn the end, we have a slightly different
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