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Royal Illuminated Manuscripts: Ffrom King Athelstan to Henry VIII Paperback – Feb 15 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: British Library; 1 edition (Feb. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712358552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712358552
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,093,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Scot McKendrick is head of history and classics at the British Library. He is the author of numerous publications on medieval and earlier manuscripts, including In a Monastery Library, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts, and Illuminating the Renaissance. Kathleen Doyle is curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library. Her previous publications include Bible Manuscripts.

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The Collection of Kings at Prices Only They Could Afford Feb. 24 2014
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This book is an introduction to a specific collection of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library. They are part of the Old Royal Library, which was donated to the nation by George II in 1727. These are beautiful manuscripts That represent the art of hundreds of years of book production by scribes who copied texts which were then decorated in brilliant colors and gold leaf.

It is a lovely, small book, with only about 100 or so pages, and was probably a bargain when it was first sold in 2011 ago celebrate the exhibition of the collection. However, because there are so few copies available now, booksellers are now gouging buyers by charging exorbitant and ridiculously inflated prices.

No matter how much a person loves illuminated manuscripts, spend your money elsewhere. You can purchase a good many other books on this subject with the money you would pay for one copy of this.
A colourful collection Feb. 18 2014
By hypathia0077 - Published on
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The collection of manuscripts are all in colour, and are of excellent clarity . There are drawbacks, which are the cost of this very small book, 96 pages, and a study of the manuscripts is barely touched upon. The total number of reproductions are limited and very little history about the manuscripts is included. In reflection, although I enjoy looking at it, I do not think it is the best bang for the buck..
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A gorgeous selection of the Kings stuff. Nov. 24 2012
By Bethany E. Theilman - Published on
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because I do illumination, and along with all the religious illuminations which are well covered in many books, there was a fair sampling of some "How to be a King" manuals, beastiaries and other secular works, and some documents like genealogies, etc.