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.

Exhibit: Magna Carta Through the Ages at the Society of Antiquaries of London

The Black Book of Peterborough. Photo by Medievalists.net

If you’re passing through London and want something to do that is very quick, free, and historical, check out this great little Magna Carta exhibit at Burlington House hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Ruralia Commoda – 14th century gardening manual on display in London

Ruralia commoda

Written in Latin between 1304 and 1309 by Petrus de Crescentiis, a wealthy lawyer from Bologna in Italy, Ruralia Commoda was the only publication of its kind during Henry VIII’s reign.

Magna Carta Through the Ages exhibition to take place in London

Society of Antiquaries - photo by Tony Hisgett

The Society of Antiquaries of London will launch a historic exhibition to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. It will bring together and display, for the first time, the Society’s three copies of the charter.

Chivalry comes to the Getty Museum

A Royal Wedding Feast; An Unsuitably Dressed Guest  Cast into Darkness, 1469. Follower of Hans Schilling  (German, active 1459 - 1467) and from the Workshop of  Diebold Lauber (German, active 1427 - 1467).The J. Paul  Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig XV 9, fol. 88v

The J. Paul Getty Museum’s newest exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages, which begins on July 8, 2014 at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, demonstrates how manuscripts of a variety of genres, ranging from romances to hunting treatises, played a central role in promoting the tenets of chivalry.

The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien released today

The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien

The poem, using Old English alliterative meter and written in modern English recounts how Arthur was a British military leader fighting the Saxon invasion, and includes characters such as Guinevere, Lancelot and Mordred.

The Great Lost Library of Alcuin’s York exhibition to take place at the University of York

Rabanus Maurus (left), supported by Alcuin (middle), presents his work to Otgar of Mainz

A new series of multimedia exhibitions at the University of York will begin next month starting with the fascinating story of the great lost library of Alcuin and the research of Dr Mary Garrison from the University’s Department of History.

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond – exhibition now underway in Australia

love-and-devotion exhibit - photo courtesy State Library of Victoria

Exhibition of illustrated Persian manuscripts now showing in Melbourne; will go on display at Oxford later this year.

University of York hosts Working in Archaeology exhibition

Archaeologists at work - photo courtesy University of York

The University of York’s historic King’s Manor is hosting a European photographic exhibition depicting the day-to-day work of archaeologists.

Making History: Antiquaries in Britain

Magna Carta - this copy was the final revision issued by Henry III in 1225

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College is now presenting the exhibition: Making History: Antiquaries in Britain, which showcases treasures from the Society of Antiquaries of London

British Library hosts Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination

Royal 15 E.IV.(1.), f.14

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 […]

Cambridge Illuminations

The Cambridge Illuminations

Cambridge Illuminations Panayotova, Stella Marginalia, Vol. 3 (2006) Abstract The Cambridge Illuminations (July-December 2005) has been judged to be not only the largest exhibition of illuminated manuscripts in a century (the second largest ever), but also one of the best displayed and most successful. It highlighted in an unprecedented way the ‘hidden’ and yet most […]

The Codex Manesse and the Discovery of Love at Heidelberg University

The "Minnesänger" portrayed here is probably Konrad von Altstetten, hereditary steward under the abbot, for whom there is documentary evidence from 1320 to 1327. Picture material: Heidelberg University Library

It was in the Hohenstaufen era that European literature turned its attention to the subject of courtly love, thus sparking off one of the most complex societal discourses of the time. The exhibition “The Codex Manesse and the Discovery of Love” is Heidelberg University Library’s contribution to the University’s upcoming 625th anniversary celebrations. The exhibit […]

Checkmate! Medieval People at Play – Manuscript Exhibition Examines Aspects of Play in Medieval Society

Playing Dice Book of Hours (Hours of Jean de Mauléon) France (Tours?), ca. 1524 Parchment W. 449, fols. 2v-3r, acquired by Henry Walters, 1903 -

We are all familiar with praying monks, but playing monks? A Book of Hours from Flanders finds them deep in a game of “Blind Man’s Bluff,” while on the opposite page peasant boys enjoy a rigorous game of hockey. Such delightful images of play are unexpectedly ubiquitous in medieval manuscripts. Neither stodgy nor perpetually pious, medieval […]

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