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Tag Archives: “Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World” Christopher De Hamel

CARMINA BURANA REVISITED

WHO ISN’T AWED by Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana? Its throbbing rhythm in O Fortuna/Velut luna/Statu variabilis (“O Fortune/Like the Moon/Changeable”). Its salacious lyrics composed for lusty 12th-century monks. And, for … Continue reading

August 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

THE CODEX AMIATINUS—A BIBLE WITH LEGS PART 2

ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS OFTEN are associated with compelling tales. For example, yesterday’s Codex Amiatinus, Part 1, set the stage: There’s a trio of medieval English monks and three commissioned illuminated manuscripts … Continue reading

January 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE CODEX AMIATINUS—A BIBLE WITH LEGS PART 1

MORE THAN 1300 years ago, Benedictine monks in Anglo-Saxon England put together illuminated manuscripts of the Bible. Around 700 A.D., three of these immense handwritten tomes were produced at the … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment