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  • Published: 29 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141977492
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656
  • RRP: $38.00

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts




The most beguiling and acclaimed history book of 2016, now in paperback

Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person. There is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature. This book is an intimate conversation with a selection of the most famous manuscripts in existence, letting each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the reader to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discover twelve great manuscripts and to explore their historical and intellectual significance.

  • Published: 29 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141977492
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656
  • RRP: $38.00

Praise for Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

An extraordinary book, a work of scholarship and history salted with the author's excitement as he conducts us among the great libraries of Western civilization. It is full of delights

Tom Stoppard

A book of marvels

John Banville, Financial Times

The intellectual expedition of a lifetime ... This is an endlessly fascinating and enjoyable book.

Neil MacGregor

Entrancing ... De Hamel's learned adventures amid some of the West's greatest manuscript treasures effortlessly outclass Eco's The Name of the Rose in elegance and excitement. They are also much funnier.

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Reading is my life, but only about once a decade do I find a book that seems to tilt the world, so afterwards it appears different.

Fiammetta Rocco, The Economist '1843'

De Hamel's book, scholarly but unfailingly readable, is the beginning of wisdom in all things scribal and scriptural - Ian Thomson, The Observer

Ian Thomson, The Observer

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