Christopher de Hamel lecture!

The Centre for the History of the Book (CHB) at the University of Edinburgh is proud to announce its 2019 Public Lecture:

The Duc de Berry (1340-1416) as a Book Collector

Date: Thu, 21 March 2019, 17:30 – 19:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre G.03, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, 50 George Square, Edinburgh

The lecture will be given by Christopher de Hamel, author of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, which won the Duff Cooper Prize for 2016 and the Wolfson History Prize for 2017. He was until recently fellow librarian of the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and is the author of numerous books on medieval manuscripts.

The Duc de Berry is well known as the patron of some of the finest illuminated manuscripts and gothic buildings of the late Middle Ages, but the lecture will look primarily at the Duc as one of the first collectors of antiquarian books. It will consider what he bought and how it was possible to gather old books in the fourteenth century. It will compare his collecting of relics and jewels, and it will ask whether the Duc was a true bibliophile in the modern sense.


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