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A Calendar Page for May 2016

01 May 2016

For more information about the Bedford Hours, please see our post for January 2016; for more on medieval calendars in general, our original calendar post is an excellent guide. Calendar page for May from the Bedford Hours, France (Paris), c....

Fit for a King’s Sister

30 April 2016

Looking for a story about an exiled princess who married a count called Drogo? Forget Daenerys: the real story revolves around Godgifu. Initial B from a Gospel-book, England (Canterbury?), 11th century, Royal MS 1 D III, f. 9r The British...

Sonatas with feline accompaniment

29 April 2016

As followers of the BL’s medieval manuscripts blog will know, marginal illustrations are a common feature of medieval manuscripts, with fantastical specimens of wildlife, flora, and fauna often to the fore. They are much less likely to be found in...

Much Ado About…Possibly Something

28 April 2016

Conservator Flavio Marzo reports on his fascinating findings during the conservation of one of the books bearing the presumed signature of William Shakespeare. As it is now the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and the British Library...

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