Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel audiobook

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World

By Christopher de Hamel
Read by Christopher de Hamel

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Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is a remarkable examination of twelve illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period. Noted authority Christopher de Hamel invites the listener into intimate conversations with these texts to explore what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history—and sometimes 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 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 have been embroiled in politics, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and as symbols of national identity. 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.

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Winner of the Wolfson History Prize

Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

Longlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is a remarkable examination of twelve illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period. Noted authority Christopher de Hamel invites the listener into intimate conversations with these texts to explore what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history—and sometimes 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 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 have been embroiled in politics, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and as symbols of national identity.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

A rare, erudite, and delightfully entertaining history. Kirkus Starred Review
“Delivers an up-close look at surviving medieval manuscripts, beginning with the sixth-century Gospels of St. Augustine…On this archival odyssey, I lost count of the things I learned…One of the least likely and most wonderful books I have ever read.” New York Times Book Review
“In this splendid new book [Christopher de Hamel] has numerous fascinating, scandalous, funny and gloriously entertaining tales…His enthusiasm, irreverence, and wit are irresistible.” Financial Times (London)
“Spectacular…Manuscripts are the lifeblood of medieval history. De Hamel, the librarian of Corpus Christi, has spent a lifetime handling, cataloging and interpreting these gorgeous objects.” Sunday Times (London)

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Author Bio: Christopher de Hamel

Author Bio: Christopher de Hamel

Christopher de Hamel is perhaps the best-known writer on medieval manuscripts in the world. In the course of a long career at Sotheby’s, he catalogued more illuminated manuscripts than any other person alive and possibly more than any one individual has ever done. He is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He has been a librarian of Parker Library in Cambridge, a collection which includes many, even most, of the earliest manuscripts in English language and history.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English