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Royal illuminated manuscripts : from King Athelstan to Henry VIII

Author: Scot McKendrick; Kathleen Doyle; British Library.
Publisher: London : British Library, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Royal manuscripts : the genius of illumination is the British Library’s first major exhibition to bring together the Library’s Royal collection, a treasure trove of illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England between the 9th and 16th centuries. This dazzling exhibition will debunk the myth that these were ‘the Dark Ages’ by showcasing beautiful artistic artefact. Curated by Dr Scot  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition catalogues
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scot McKendrick; Kathleen Doyle; British Library.
ISBN: 9780712358552 0712358552
OCLC Number: 760972785
Notes: "On the occasion of the exhibition at the British Library 'Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination' 11 November 2011 - 13 March 2012"--Page [96].
Description: 96 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, facsimiles ; 26 cm
Responsibility: Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle.

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"Royal manuscripts : the genius of illumination is the British Library’s first major exhibition to bring together the Library’s Royal collection, a treasure trove of illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England between the 9th and 16th centuries. This dazzling exhibition will debunk the myth that these were ‘the Dark Ages’ by showcasing beautiful artistic artefact. Curated by Dr Scot McKendrick, Head of History and Classical Studies, British Library; Professor John Lowden, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and Dr Kathleen Doyle, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts, British Library, the exhibition features stunning manuscripts that are among the most outstanding examples of royal decorative and figurative painting from this era surviving in Britain today, their colours often as vibrant as when they were first painted. However, the manuscripts do much more than declare the artistry of their makers; the luxurious objects unlock the secrets of the private lives and public personae of the royals throughout the Middle Ages and provide the most vivid surviving source for understanding royal identity. As well as providing clear instruction on appropriate regal behaviour they also give a direct insight into royal moral codes and religious belief and shed light on the politics of the day"--British Library website.

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