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Talk : Christopher de Hamel on Medieval Book of Hours

One of the world’s best-known experts on medieval manuscripts to talk at the St Bride Foundation on behalf of the Designer Bookbinders.
What Calligraphy, History, Research
When Apr 14, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

The Bridewell Hall
St Bride Foundation
14 Bride Lane
London EC4Y 8EQ

Tickets + more info here.

Book of Hours are the most common surviving medieval manuscripts, made in 
huge numbers in the late Middle Ages for domestic use at home by lay people. Some famous Books of Hours are spectacularly illuminated for rich 
patrons but many are quite humble everyday books. The lecture looks at what 
a typical Book of Hours contains, what its illustrations show, and how they 
were used. It offers clues on how we can date and localise surviving 
examples from details such as local saints and variations in the text. It 
then discusses how Books of Hours were actually made, who made and 
illuminated them, where, and how we know, with some account of their 

Christopher De Hamel is the Donnelley Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was responsible for all catalogues and sales of illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby's for twenty-five years until 2000. He has doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge and two honorary doctorates, and has written well over a hundred books and major articles on medieval manuscripts, translated into numerous languages. Christopher is probably the best-known expert on medieval manuscripts in the world, and has given public lectures extremely extensively in six continents.

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