- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
Ships in 1 to 3 days
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illuminationby Scot Mckendrick
Synopses & Reviews
Illuminated manuscripts collected by successive kings and queens of England form the heart of a unique and visually stunning collection held by the British Library. A key figure in the formation of this collection was King Edward IV (1461–83), who commissioned a number of luxury manuscripts decorated with his arms. Subsequent monarchs added to this library, which was given to the nation by George II in 1757.
Over 150 examples from this exceptional collection are presented in this catalog, which accompanies a major British Library exhibition of the same name. These manuscripts contain paintings produced by some of the finest artists of the Middle Ages. Highlights include the Book of Hours, made for Henry VIII’s great grandmother, Margaret Beauchamp; Henry VIII’s Psalter, commissioned and annotated by the king himself; maps of an itinerary from London to Apulia and to the Holy Land; and the Shrewsbury book, presented to Margaret of Anjou on her marriage to Henry VI in 1445. The catalog features full-page illustrations from each manuscript included in the exhibition, as well as three illustrated essays which explore the wider history and context of this unique collection.
Written by the curators of the exhibition, along with contributions from several experts in the field, Royal Manuscripts will be a much-heralded event for scholars and collectors seeking to better understand the lives and aspirations of those for whom these stunning artifacts were made.
What role did books play in the lives of English monarchs and their families? Besides Alfred the Great, Edward IV, Henry VIII, and George III, which kings and queens appreciated books and amassed enormous libraries full of them? Thisand#160;well-illustratedand#160;volumeand#160;presents a fresh and wide-ranging review of the evidence for royal interest in handwritten and printed books.and#160;Leading expertsand#160;offer new perspectives on the involvement of Englandandrsquo;s monarchs in the circulation and preservation of texts from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. Some essays consider individual books or monarchs; others take a wider view of several centuries of evidence. At the heart of the volume is the remarkable array of royal books held by the British Library, including the Old Royal Library, presented to the nation by George II, and the Kingandrsquo;s Library, presented by George IV. Illustrated in color throughout, 1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts will appeal to anyone fascinated by the British monarchy as well as the countryandrsquo;s rich and extensive literary history.
About the Author
Scot McKendrick is head of history and classics at the British Library. He is the author of numerous publications on medieval and earlier manuscripts, including In a Monastery Library, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts, and Illuminating the Renaissance. John Lowden is professor of art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. His numerous publications include The Making of the Bibles Moralisées and Early Christion and Byzantine Art. Kathleen Doyle is curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library. Her previous publications include Bible Manuscripts.
Table of Contents
Lenders to the Exhibition
Notes to the Reader
Contributors to the Catalogue
The Royal Manuscript as Idea and Object
A European Heritage: Books of Continental Origin collected by the English Royal Family from Edward III to Henry VIII
The Old Royal Library: ‘A greate many noble manuscripts yet remaining'
The Christian Monarch
Edward IV: Founder of the Old Royal Library
How to be a King: Works of Instruction and Advice
The World’s Knowledge
England and the Continent: Affinity and Appropriation
Bibliographies to the Catalogue Entries
Index of Manuscripts
What Our Readers Are Saying
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Calligraphy