June 2020

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Welcome to The Arts Society Henfield
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 14:30

A history of manuscripts through time

Christopher de Hamel, in the course of a long career at Sotheby’s has catalogued more illuminated manuscripts than any other person.  Today he will introduce us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, and collectors - tracing the elaborate journeys that these precious artifacts have made through time – been copied, embroiled in politics, and regarded as objects of supreme beauty, and symbols of national identity.  


Dr Christopher de Hamel

“Immerse yourself in the medieval world of Christopher de Hamel” (Sir David Attenborough’s advice on life, quoted in The Evening Standard on his 90th birthday). Christopher de Hamel, FSA, is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He has doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge. He was a director of Sotheby’s for 25 years, responsible for illuminated manuscripts, and then librarian of the Parker Library in Cambridge for 17 years. His very many books on medieval manuscripts include the best-selling Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, which won the Wolfson History Prize. He is widely known as a lecturer across six continents.