The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

The book Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is an examination of twelve key manuscripts from the medieval period. In the world before Gutenberg, manuscripts were the sole means of written transmission of knowledge. All we knew of culture, religion, history, art, and science from the fall of the Roman Empire to the high Renaissance was contained in these volumes. Author Christopher de Hamel, a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and one of the world's leading authorities on medieval manuscripts, travels the globe to visit these handmade treasures and expertly unlocks their mysteries for us. In so doing, he introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, and collectors. He traces the elaborate journeys which these exceptionally precious artifacts have made through time, shows us how they have been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell), how they were embroiled in politics or regarded as objects of supreme beauty and symbols of national identity.

From the earliest book in medieval England to the incomparable Book of Kells to an early edition of the Canterbury Tales, these texts tell a story of intellectual culture and art over the course of a millennium. In many ways, de Hamel's book is a history of the medieval world through manuscripts.

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