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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts written and read by Christopher de Hamel.
This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature. The idea for this book, which is entirely new, is to invite the listener into an intimate conversation with a selection of the most famous manuscripts in existence and to let each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too.
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the listener to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discover 12 great manuscripts and to explore their historical and intellectual significance.
©2016 Christopher de Hamel (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd
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By Prize on 01-31-18

Caressed by a Manuscript

I took as intended by the author whirlwind tour of some of most beautifully illuminated books in the world. He held my hand and let me peek over his shoulder as her enabled my entrance into very private experienced. His intention was for me to eventually make this and even newer journeys on my own. The trip was edifying, and ennobling. The author is a great teacher who enchants and encourages his listener to go forth to explore further with the tools of his trade that he shared with you. I could not have found a better companion to travel with and his only moods were quiet euphoria tempered with astonishment of the old. I shan’t delete this book from my audio library because I can open it up and get exhilarated after just a few moments of listening.

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