Meetings with remarkable manuscripts : twelve journeys into the medieval world

by De Hamel, Christopher, 1950-

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An extraordinary and beautifully illustrated exploration of the medieval world through twelve manuscripts, from one of the world's leading experts.

Winner of The Wolfson History Prize and The Duff Cooper Prize.

A San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Book Gift Guide Pick!

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is a captivating examination of twelve illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period. Noted authority Christopher de Hamel invites the reader into intimate conversations with these texts to explore what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history - and about the modern world, too.

In so doing, de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, and collectors. He traces the elaborate journeys that these exceptionally precious artifacts have made through time and shows us how they have been copied, how they have been embroiled in politics, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and as symbols of national identity, and who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell).

From the earliest book in medieval England to the incomparable Book of Kells to the oldest manuscript of the Canterbury Tales , these encounters tell a narrative of intellectual culture and art over the course of a millennium. Two of the manuscripts visited are now in libraries of North America, the Morgan Library in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Part travel book, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts allows us to experience some of the greatest works of art in our culture to give us a different perspective on history and on how we come by knowledge.
The Gospels of Saint Augustine
The Codex Amiatinus
The Book of Kells
The Leiden Aratea
The Morgan Beatus
Hugo Pictor
The Copenhagen Psalter
The Carmina Burana
The Hours of Jeanne de Navarre
The Hengwrt Chaucer
The Viscounti Semideus
The Spinola Hours.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Centaurs and dragons, Vikings and Crusaders, popes and Nazis the adventures of a paleographer can carry him or her far. As a distinguished expert on medieval manuscripts, de Hamel invites his readers to share his remarkable experiences with a dozen fascinating medieval texts. These experiences begin in the carefully monitored reading rooms where qualified patrons examine valuable old books, rooms including those found in Cambridge's Parker Library, Copenhagen's Royal Danish Library, and St. Petersburg's National Library of Russia. But the 12 medieval manuscripts de Hamel studies in these twenty-first-century rooms transport readers across the centuries to the cloisters where learned monks wrote the Latin texts and gifted painters illuminated them with stunning gold and scarlet images. After detailing the processes that created these manuscripts, the narrative traces the often-tangled events royal and ecclesiastical intrigues, political ruptures, institutional jealousies, and commercial calculations accounting for their current locations. Interested general readers will appreciate de Hamel's lucid treatment of the themes and literary techniques that mark these manuscripts as cultural milestones between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. But they will marvel at the lavish reproductions of the masterful calligraphy and dazzling illuminations that have long made the manuscripts irresistible to collectors. A must-read for anyone who values the history of the written word.--Christensen, Bryce Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "De Hamel, a renowned British authority on medieval manuscripts, reveals his devotion to his trade in a glorious book about 12 documents, including the Gospels of Saint Augustine (late sixth century) and the Hengwrt Chaucer (ca. 1400), that surpasses its title's promise. Despite the somewhat obscure subject matter, de Hamel pulls readers in with his unmistakable passion for every facet of these handcrafted treasures. "I want to know who made them and when and why and where," he writes. De Hamel travels to far-flung archives, waits for guardians to produce a book and lay it on the reading table, and then he pauses a moment to absorb the splendor before gently opening. He sensually describes the feel of vellum pages, the joy at discovering bits of marginalia, and the frustration of trying to discover what an erasure has hidden. De Hamel details each document's idiosyncrasies while contextualizing its time and place of creation. The author shares his adventures with wry humor. For instance, his first attempts to see the Codex Amiatinus (ca. 700) were refused, though he learns that in Italy "the word 'no' is not necessarily a negative." He also shares his befuddlement during a visit to the "bewilderingly infinite" Getty Museum in Los Angeles. De Hamel's delightful book is bound to inspire a new set of medievalists. Color illus. Agent: Caroline Dawnay, United Agents. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Manuscripts, European.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval.
Publisher New York :Penguin Press,2017
Language English
Description vii, 632 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 573-610) and indexes.
ISBN 9781594206115
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