External lecture: From Medingen with Love - Medieval Manuscripts Travelling Through Europe

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Medieval manuscripts are precious objects, each one a unique piece of art, literature, devotion, and learning. From production via the first readers, to dealers and libraries, they often pass through many hands leaving traces of use, engagement, care, and repair. This talk will explore the history behind a group of manuscripts written and illustrated by nuns in Medingen (North Germany) shortly before the Reformation, from their production in the convent, their medieval use and their journeys as devotional books and antiquarian objects to their current location.

A special focus will be on twelve volumes that came to the UK and three prayer-books that stayed in North Germany and there became shelf-companions of the St Albans Psalter when it was brought by the English Benedictines to the Diocese of Hildesheim. In the criss-crossing of manuscripts between Germany and England, a cultural history of European reading and writing unfolds. A sneak preview of the manuscripts is available at medingen.seh.ox.ac.uk.

Speaker: Professor Henrike Lähnemann, Professor of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics at the University of Oxford.

Cost: £10 (students £6). To book, visit the Cathedral website.

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