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Beyond the Book of Kells: A Twelfth-Century Bede from Bury

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 6:30 – 8pm

Beyond the Book of Kells: A Twelfth-Century Bede from Bury

This lecture is part of a series entitled "Beyond the Book of Kells: The stories of eight other medieval manuscripts from the library of Trinity College Dublin."

In this talk Dr Mark Faulkner from Trinity's School of English, will discuss TCD MS 492: A Twelfth-Century Bede from Bury. MS 492 typifies the large, imposing copies of major Latin works with which monasteries filled their libraries after the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Its texts – Bede's eighth-century Ecclesiastical History of the English People and an eleventh-century treatise on the resting places of English saints – were central to the Norman invaders' interactions with the religious history of their new territory, providing nothing less than holy geography of England.

Further Information

To over 600,000 visitors a year, Trinity is synonymous with the Book of Kells. But that ninth-century manuscript is only part of the story. Ranging in date from the fifth century to the sixteenth, and with origins from across Western Europe, Trinity’s six hundred medieval manuscripts contain languages from Latin and Greek to Old Irish, Old English, Welsh, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Provencal, and Vaudois. The texts embody in microcosm the entire gamut of medieval thought. This series of lectures from manuscript experts – Irish and international – will offer the public an opportunity to encounter eight other extraordinary books from Trinity’s collections, from the ninth-century Book of Armagh to a key manuscript of one of the great medieval English poets, William Langland.

The "Beyond the Book of Kells" lecture series is lead by Dr Mark Faulkner of Trinity College's School of English. It is held as part of the Manuscript, Print, and Book Cultures research theme, in association with the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the Library of Trinity College Dublin.  

The manuscripts have been digitised to coincide with this lecture series.  For more information, please click here.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr Mark Faulkner
Contact Emailmark.faulkner@tcd.ie
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