By Christopher de Hamel
'An ceaselessly attention-grabbing and stress-free publication' Neil MacGregor
'Full of delights' Tom Stoppard
An outstanding exploration of the medieval international - the main beguiling heritage publication of the year
This is a ebook approximately why medieval manuscripts topic. Coming head to head with an enormous illuminated manuscript within the unique is like assembly a truly star. We may well all fake famous famous person isn't any various from an individual else, and but there's an indisputable thrill in truly assembly and speaking to anyone of worldwide stature.
The notion for the publication, that's solely new, is to ask the reader into intimate conversations with twelve of the main well-known manuscripts in lifestyles and to discover with the writer what they let us know approximately approximately one thousand years of medieval heritage - and occasionally in regards to the smooth global too. Christopher de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, purchasers, creditors and the foreign group of manuscript students, exhibiting us how he and his fellows piece jointly facts to arrive unforeseen conclusions. He lines the frilly trips which those tremendously invaluable artefacts have made via time and area, exhibits us how they've been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we will be able to tell), how they've been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes, how they've been considered as gadgets of ultimate attractiveness and comfort and as symbols of nationwide id. The e-book touches on faith, artwork, literature, tune, technological know-how and the historical past of taste.
Part commute publication, half detective tale, half dialog with the reader, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts conveys the fascination and pleasure of encountering a number of the maximum artistic endeavors in our tradition which, within the originals, are to most folk thoroughly inaccessible. on the finish, we've got a touch varied point of view on heritage and the way we come through wisdom. it's a most original book.