Tag Archive: British Library

Magna Carta manuscripts brought together for the first time

There are a few milestones this year relating to the Middle Ages, but none hold the weight of the Magna Carta. It was 800 years ago this June the Barons in England forced King John to sign* the Magna Carta. England and the World is gearing up for a summer dedicated to the Magna Carta….

Welsh author digs deep to find medieval origins of Thirty Days Hath verse

Hath Verse

It is one of the most popular and oft-repeated rhymes in the English language, serving to remind countless generations how many days there are in each month. Now a Welsh author claims he has unearthed the medieval origins of the verse Thirty Days Hath September. The rhyme has been passed down in oral tradition but…

BBC4 lines up “Medieval Kings”

UK digital channel BBC4 has unveiled a host of factual commissions, including a major new arts series, Art Nouveau, and medieval history series The Private Lives of the Medieval Kings. The commissions were revealed by BBC4 controlled Richard Klein (pictured above) during the Edinburgh International Television Festival, which is currently taking place in Scotland. They…

Facsimile of Isabella Breviary unveiled at Miami Book Fair

An exact replica of Spanish Queen Isabella’s breviary, a medieval codex that is highly prized for its illuminated pages, stunning beauty and luxurious decoration, was exhibited Thursday at the Miami Book Fair International by Spanish publisher Manuel Moleiro. The meticulous copy of this treasured, 1,046-page manuscript, housed at the British Library in London, required five…

Medieval book looted during war to go back to Italy

A 12th century manuscript will be returned to Italy from the British Library thanks to a new law governing artwork looted during the Nazi era. The Beneventan Missal, which is thought to have been stolen from Benevento’s Metropolitan Chapter during the Allied bombing of Italy in 1943, will be given back to the city of…