The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2017
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Twelve Journeys into
the Medieval World
Christopher De Hamel
Hardback: Penguin Press, 2017
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In Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, De Hamel tells the stories of twelve medieval manuscripts, both the famous and the less-known. The books De Hamel meets have long, idiosyncratic histories: each of them is a medieval manuscript, written by hand, hence one of a kind. De Hamel is a world authority on medieval manuscripts: the book jacket boasts that working at Sotheby’s, he became the world’s most prolific cataloger of medieval manuscripts. This book condenses his decades spent among thousands of manuscripts into a mere 572 pages getting to know twelve very different manuscripts. With the mind of a scholar, the eye of a curator, and the writing of a storyteller, De Hamel opens the door to what might seem a dull and dusty chamber, revealing it instead to be a busy ballroom of stories, artwork, and books and words that quietly nudge history in different directions.
- from our review by Jonathan Homrighausen
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*** BRIEF VIDEO CLIPS of the author
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From ERB Editor Christopher Smith
"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
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