About the event
Christopher de Hamel introduces his newest and largest book yet, about people who spent their lives with medieval manuscripts, from the eleventh century to the twentieth. It imagines a fraternity of enthusiasts sharing very different obsessions with some of the most beautiful books ever made.
In this talk we will meet the patrons and illuminators, but also the antiquaries and collectors, the librarians, the dealers, the scholars and a rabbi and even a forger, all brought together by their passion for the books of the Middle Ages. We learn more about manuscripts by knowing the company they have kept throughout history.
The author will be signing copies of the book after the talk.
Christopher de Hamel is an Oxford graduate and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His many books on medieval manuscripts include A History of Illuminated Manuscripts and Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, which won both the Duff Cooper Prize and the Wolfson Prize for History.
This event is available to attend in person at the Weston Library or online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all but booking is required. When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.
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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.