Final Month to See British Library’s Magna Carta Exhibit

Magna Carta, London copy, 1215, on display in Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy. Photography © British Library. Cotton Augustus II. 106

It’s August, and summer has begun its inevitable wind down. Unfortunately, this means the British Library’s spectacular exhibit, Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy is winding down as well. This is the final month to catch a glimpse of the famous 800 year old document before the exhibit comes to a close on September 1st.

Magna Carta Conference Offers New Insights Into The 800-year-old Document

British Library's Magna Carta, photo credit Joseph Turp

Magna Carta just celebrated its 800th birthday this past Monday. In honour of this incredible milestone, King’s College London, and the Magna Carta Project, hosted a 3 day conference dedicated to this historic document.

What would the Magna Carta look like if it were written for the digital age?

Magna Carta for the digital age

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the British Library has created the Magna Carta: My Digital Rights project to examine what people think about in the issues of freedom and control in the digital age. The public can vote on their favourite clauses and on Monday 15 June, Magna Carta Day, the library will publish the results in the form of a ‘Magna Carta for the digital age’.

KZOO 2015: Session #42 – Magna Carta in Context

British Library's Magna Carta, photo credit Joseph Turp

This coming week I’ll be featuring summaries on some of my favourites sessions and papers from #KZOO2015. I kicked off my first session on Thursday with the Magna Carta.

Magna Carta: The Road to Runnymede

This is one of the two Magna Carta owned by the British Library (c) The British Library Board

A look at the creation of the British Library’s Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy exhibition.

What is the Splendor Solis?

Splendor Solis

The most beautiful and well known illuminated alchemical manuscript in the world.

British Library brings all four Magna Carta manuscripts together for the first time in history

British Library's Magna Carta, photo credit Joseph Turp

There are only four original Magna Carta documents from 1215 which survive. Two are kept at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral. Now, for the first time in history these manuscripts will all be in the same place. For one day only on 3rd February 2015, the British Library, […]

British Library purchases the Catholicon Anglicum

The Catholicon Anglicum, a 15th-century English-Latin dictionary (c) British Library Board

The British Library has paid £92,500 in order to keep a 500-year old dictionary from leaving the United Kingdom. They announced earlier this week that they had completed the purchase of the Catholicon Anglicum, a 15th-century English-Latin dictionary.

Printing with gold in the fifteenth century

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Gold printing in the fifteenth century is very rare. There are only two printers who are known to have applied this technique. One of them was Erhard Ratdolt who first used gold for printing a gloriously spectacular full page of dedication in a number of copies of his editio princeps of Euclid.

The Middle English culinary recipes in MS Harley 5401: an edition and commentary

The culinary manuscripts of the Middle Ages are increasingly a concern of those interested in social history — among others;(1) yet a significant impediment to research on Middle English culinary matters remains in the remarkable fact that there are still at least six sizeable collections of recipes that have never been edited and/or printed at all, as well as about a dozen more that have been only selectively collated in editions of material taken primarily from other manuscripts.

Original copies of the Magna Carta to be reunited in 2015

This is one of the two Magna Carta owned by the British Library (c) The British Library Board

The four surviving original copies of Magna Carta will be brought together for the first time in history in 2015, the year of the 800th anniversary of the issue of the Charter by King John in 1215.

New Testament from the oldest complete Bible available online for the first time

Codex Alexandrinus,Tree of Life (BL, Royal 1 D viii, f. 41v) (c) British Library Board

The New Testament volume from one of the British Library’s most valuable treasures, Codex Alexandrinus, has been made available online for the first time on the British Library’s website.

Medieval Arabic manuscripts, East India Company papers, to go online

Or.2784, folio 96r Miniature depicting Aristotle instructing Alexander the Great, from The Description and Uses of Animals compiled from works by Aristotle and ‘Ubayd Allah ibn Bakhtishu. The undated copy was probably made in Baghdad in the first half of the 13th century. Image courtesy the British Library

The British Library and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development have unveiled an ambitious partnership to transform people’s understanding of the history of the Middle East, and the region’s relationship with Britain and the rest of the world.

British Library purchases the St Cuthbert Gospel for £9 million

St Cuthbert Gospel - 7th century manuscript successfully acquired by the British Library following a major fundraising campaign Copyright British Library Image 3

The British Library has announced that it has successfully acquired the St Cuthbert Gospel, a miraculously well-preserved 7th century manuscript that is the oldest European book to survive fully intact and therefore one of the world’s most important books.

BBC show on The Private Lives Of The Medieval Kings to begin airing next week

Dr Janina Ramirez at the British Library

In Illuminations: The Private Lives of the Medieval Kings BBC Four will tell the story of the Medieval monarchy as preserved through stunning illuminated manuscripts from the British Library’s Royal Manuscripts collection which contains some of the most priceless documents in the country’s history.

Book Review: Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination

Royal Manuscripts

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination makes for a good compliment to those who have had the chance to view the exhibition, adding indepth details about this collection as well as dozens of wonderful images from the Middle Ages.

‘Synge we now alle and sum’: Three Fifteenth-Century Collections of Communal Song

Medieval musical notes

The manuscripts British Library, Sloane MS 2593, Bodleian Library, MS Eng. poet. e.1, and St John’s College, Cambridge, MS S.54 are compact collections of song lyrics written during the fifteenth century, largely without notation.

British Library launches new Medieval and Renaissance images app

In conjunction with their exhibition Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination, the British Library has created a Royal Manuscripts app for Apple iPad and iPhone users, which features over 500 images from 58 manuscripts in their collection. The app is available for download at a cost of just £1.49 for the iPhone and £2.99 for […]

British Library hosts Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination

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Beginning on November 11th, the British Library will be hosting a new exhibition entitled Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination. It is the Library’s first major exhibition to bring together the its Royal collection, a treasure trove of illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England between the 9th and 16th centuries. Curated […]

British Library announces £9m campaign to acquire the St Cuthbert Gospel – the earliest intact European book

St Cuthbert Gospel, Copyright British Library

The British Library has announced an ambitious fundraising campaign to acquire the St Cuthbert Gospel for the United Kingdom. Created in the 7th century and intimately associated with one of Britain’s foremost saints, the Gospel is the earliest surviving intact European book and one of the world’s most significant books. A manuscript copy of the […]

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