Gallery of Grotesques: Sadistic monkeys

Manuscript B.11.22 is a book of hours from the 13th/14th century.  Described as 'exquisitely written and ornamented, imperfect. Almost certainly of Flemish execution', each image is accompanied by M.R. James' description. It all starts out innocently enough ... ... but things takes a sinister turn   Find out more here about the depiction of monkeys or …

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Chess Games

Trinity Manuscript O.2.66 is Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chesse, a 17th century satirical drama reflecting anti-Spanish and anti-Jesuit feeling arising from the breakdown of the proposed marriage between the heir apparent, Prince Charles and the Infanta of Spain.  Six manuscripts of the play survive but only O.2.66 and one other (the Bridgewater-Huntington Manuscript) are …

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New acquisitions: Kabuki and Nō

This gorgeous set of two books on traditional Japanese theatre was kindly bequeathed to the library by Richard Marlow, Fellow of Trinity from 1968 until his death in 2013, and has recently been added to our collection. Both contain numerous photographs, both in colour and black and white, and useful reference information, such as illustrations …

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