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Author: Christopher de Hamel Narrator: Christopher de Hamel Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781541477629
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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, and 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

  • “A rare, erudite, and delightfully entertaining history.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize
  • Longlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature
  • Winner of the Wolfson History Prize
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

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About the Author

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 very possibly more than any one individual has ever done. He lives in London and Cambridge, England.