Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World
Christopher De Hamel
Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2017.
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Reviewed by Jonathan Homrighausen
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discussing some of these manuscripts!
Every book tells a story. At first glance this is obvious: books hold words that can fashion imagined worlds in the minds of its readers. But add another dimension: the stories told by every individual physical book. If there is an “ex libris” in the front, whose was it? Were its owners significant? If it is dirty and ragged, what trials did it endure?