Dec. 10 – C. De Hamel – Remarkable Manuscripts [Advent Calendar]

The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2017
Advent Calendar
December 10

 

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Remarkable Manuscripts:
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.

 

*** BRIEF VIDEO CLIPS of the author
talking about some of the manuscripts

 

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