Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination

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Illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England from the 9th to the 16th century form the heart of a unique and visually stunning collection held by the British Library. A key figure in the formation of the collection is King Edward IV (1461 1483), who commissioned 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 catalogue 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 and together provide the most vivid surviving source for understanding royal identity, moral and religious beliefs, learning, faith and international politics. The catalogue features a full-page entry of around 750 words on each manuscript included, as well as three illustrated essays which explore the wider history and context of this unique collection. It will also be lavishly illustrated, with a beautiful reproduction of an image from each manuscript presented alongside the text for every entry.

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448p large hardback with dustjacket, beautiful book produced to accompany the 2011 - 2012 exhibition at the British Library, First Edition, almost as new

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"Sumptuous and highly readable, this catalogue by McKendrick, Lowden, and Doyle for a recent British Library exhibition is beautifully produced and richly illustrated with numerous color plates, as befits its regal matter. . . . Recommended."--J. Oliver "Choice "

Sumptuous and highly readable, this catalogue by McKendrick, Lowden, and Doyle for a recent British Library exhibition is beautifully produced and richly illustrated with numerous color plates, as befits its regal matter. . . . Recommended. --J. Oliver "Choice ""

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