Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts (Audio

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts (Audio Download): Christopher de Hamel, Christopher de Hamel, Penguin Books Ltd: Audible Audiobooks Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts written and read by Christopher de Hamel This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person We may all pretend that a well known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature The idea for this book, which is entirely new, is to invite the listener into an intimate conversation with a selection of the most famous manuscripts in existence and to let each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the listener to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discovergreat manuscripts and to explore their historical and intellectual significance

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  • 15 June 2019

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  1. Ms. V. L. Pope Ms. V. L. Pope says:

    Fantastic book but why are the photos in the PAPERBACK in BLACK AND WHITE when in the HARDBACK they are in COLOUR Shall now be buying the hardback instead Surely the listing should have mentioned this Have since bought the HARDBACK copy so that I can enjoy the gloriously rich illuminations Far better than the paperback.

  2. The Welk The Welk says:

    It s not often one comes across such a superbly well written book Hamelin has a deceptive lightness of touch he knows these manuscripts as few ever will but his style is open and full of humour, highly informative and quirky, learned but never intimidating It takes time to read and it repays the effort For me the most powerful chapters were focused on the very early manuscripts the Gospels of St Augustine and the Book of Kells There is a sense of almost personal encounter with these distant voices as they came to terms with their relationship with Christianity particularly in the light of the collapse of the civilised Roman world which had produced it.It brought to mind my own first reading of Bede as a young Oxford student and the excitement of struggling through the medieval Latin a real struggle in my case to see the world in the terms of the monks writing in their scriptoria in Jarrow and Lindisfarne It opened up my sense of the historical men and women with very recognisable characters grappling with an inexplicable and very threatening world.The later chapters are also very revealing For me the chapter on Chaucer was of most interest To see some of the very earliest manuscripts brought to life recalled my own first encounter with The Canterbury Tales as an A level student Again this is not easy language to engage with, and it s a great shame it has largely disappeared from the UK school curriculum, but there cannot be many better ways to understand the 14th century than through the stories of Chaucer.This is one of the best books I ve read over the past decade It is beautifully produced, elegantly written and completely engaging Buy it, read it perhaps by the fire as a retreat from autumnal rain and wind and preferably with a good malt whisky, and lose yourself with some of the most beautiful texts ever produced.

  3. PeterDz PeterDz says:

    Excellent.A very fine insight into a world most of us are unfamiliar with by a scholar of real substance and clarity Not quite as riveting as the blurb would have you believe, but fascinating nonetheless The insights into the history and craft surrounding his selected books that de Hamel brings to the book makes it stand head and shoulders above anything that ventures into the same waters and they are few and far between. I personally found the parts where he describes how you reach the rooms in the various institutions where the books are read to be irrelevant and un necessary, but he is taking you on a guided tour as it were.The illustrations are carefully chosen to illustrate illuminate the points that he makes about the design and detail of the various books, their styles and the various hands that contributed to each The explanations of the detail and the identity of the various scribes and illuminators are fascinating It would be interesting to know how many of the identities that he proposes have become accepted, but that isn t something that one might expect to find here..

  4. Jane Jane says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book It is very clearly written, and in an accessible style with care taken to explain any occasional technical terms which arise I note that some reviewers disliked the quantity of background information about the manuscripts plus the descriptions of the author s visits to their current locations I found the former very interesting part of the provenance of such manuscripts which can shed light on why they were made, for whom and thus what they are intended to convey The latter did highlight the difference between the circumstances for which the items were produced, and those they exist in today i.e flagging up the de contextualization which occurs when something is viewed in a museum De Hamel does, after all, entitle his book, meetings with remarkable manuscripts.I have studied a very little about medieval early modern manuscripts but most of those included here I had not come across and was fascinated In addition, I thought I greatly preferred pre C 15 16th manuscripts , but reading about , for example, the Spinola Hours and having a really good look at the plates has modified my view One can always do with coloured plates but I thought here there was a very good selection, sensibly located near the relevant text, and , thank heaven, large enough to have a really good look I loved in particular the chapters on Hugh Pictor and on the Hours of Jeanne de Navarre I really hope there is a sequel.

  5. Jose Maria Navarro Jose Maria Navarro says:

    De Hamel lleva una larga vida dedicado al estudio de los manuscritos libros escritos a mano , sobre todo los que est n iluminados, es decir aquellos que contienen ilustraciones art sticas y emplean pigmentos como el oro, lapisl zuli y otros de elevado coste.El presente libro analiza, o entrevista , como l prefiere decir, a doce ilustres manuscritos En cada uno de ellos act a de forma an loga, comentando no solo los aspectos t cnicos del libro pergamino, tipo de letra, descripci n de las ilustraciones, estado de conservaci n sino, y yo dir a que especialmente, narra la historia del manuscrito de que se trate, desde su creaci n hasta el d a de hoy, y tambi n nos ofrece el marco hist rico en el que naci cada uno de ellos.El autor es siempre ameno Los manuscritos muy interesantes, y casi todos ellos dotados de bellas ilustraciones, que son aut nticas obras de arte Tan solo uno de ellos, el Beato de la Morgan Library, es de origen espa ol Algunos son muy famosos, como el Libro de Kells , otros algo menos echo en falta el extraordinario Tres Riches Heures del duque de Berry En cuanto al libro que nos presenta a esos otros libros, decir que es una obra de arte en s mismo muy buen papel, excelente reproducci n de las ilustraciones, y buen dise o Da gusto tenerlo entre las manos y adem s pesa bastante Cinco estrellas muy bien merecidas.

  6. Paul Nemeth Paul Nemeth says:

    What goes around comes around.A great light read on the delights of discovery.This book reminds you how trends in both collecting treasures and the love of beautiful things never change.The joy the author has in visiting these treasures and the unveiling the great beauty and history of these manuscripts is very catching Religion is always controversial but this book takes no sides, just celebrates these treasures.

  7. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    Very interesting book I enjoyed reading it The research that went into this book is remarkable and unique It is a product of a lifetime of experience.

  8. Sarthak Maji Sarthak Maji says:

    Simply superb I loved it..

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