Synopsis of ‘Great medieval manuscripts’, by Christopher de Hamel

Synopsis of ‘Great medieval manuscripts’, by Christopher de Hamel

Christopher de Hamel, one of the leading experts in illuminated manuscripts and emeritus librarian of the prestigious Parker Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, collects in 'Great medieval manuscripts' a sample of the most important and beautiful texts of the European continent.

Through each of the chosen books, De Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves and collectors and invites us to join him in a fascinating journey through religion, art, literature, music, science and history.

In Great medieval manuscripts We will follow in the footsteps of these precious and exceptional codices throughout time and geography, we will learn about the role they played in the western political game and who their owners were.

Thanks to the author's scholarly narration, we will discover some of the most dazzling works of art of our culture and how knowledge has traveled throughout the centuries.

Christopher de Hamel's journey (which takes us to places as diverse as Cambridge, New York, Florence or Saint Petersburg) is, in a way, an exercise in humility for the reader.

This erudite work places us in a moment before not only digital, but the mechanical reproduction of books on paper itself.

Part travel book, part detective story, Great medieval manuscripts is a delicious conversation with the reader in which these volumes become fascinating protagonists of culture and the story during the millennium in which Europe was forged.

Thinking about the skill and time required to carry out each of Hamel's bibliographic jewels makes these works even more admirable.

From the hand of one of the greatest specialists in the field, we got to share his fascination for these beautiful objects.

File of ‘Great medieval manuscripts’

Title: Great medieval manuscripts
Author: Christopher of Hamel
Collection: Attic History, No. 27
Translation: Claudia casanova
PVP: 49,90 €
Format: 15 x 23 cm, hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 688 pp.
Publication date: 11/03/2020
ISBN: 978-84-16222-50-6
Editorial: Attic of Books


Video: The Signed Hours - A Book of Hours Illuminated by Jean de Tours