In celebration of Eid al-Fitr

This year, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr begins on the evening of Tuesday 4th June. The festival marks the end of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting and reflection. During Ramadan the Holy Qur’ān was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This blog looks at two copies of the Qur’ān along with a book of Sufi …

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The Sidney Psalms and Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke

Trinity College Library owns two manuscripts catalogued by M.R. James as ‘Sidney’s Version of the Psalms’ (O.1.51) and ‘Sir Philip Sidney's Metrical Version of the Psalms’ (R.3.16). In fact, these metrical paraphrases were authored by both Philip Sidney and his sister, Mary. It was Philip’s early death in 1586 which allowed his sister to emerge, …

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Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Trinity College Library: Poems on the Cross, with a new kind of blue

The last of the five manuscripts lent by Trinity College to the British Library’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition is one of the most intriguing and visually appealing manuscripts in the Wren Library. B.16.3 is a collection of poems by one of the most talented writers of the ninth century, a monk named Hrabanus Maurus. Hrabanus (or …

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Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Trinity College Library: A Domesday Dossier

The Wren Library holds two manuscripts with close connections to the Domesday Book and it is exciting to report that one of them (O.2.41) is now displayed adjacent to Great Domesday itself as part of the British Library’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition. Both of the Trinity manuscripts are referred to as ‘Liber Eliensis’ (‘The Book of …

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Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Trinity College Library: The Eadwine Psalter

The third manuscript to feature in our series taking a closer look at manuscripts lent by Trinity College to the British Library’s major exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War is the Eadwine Psalter (R.17.1). This elaborate manuscript, almost half a metre tall, is included in Henry of Eastry’s catalogue of the library of Christ Church, …

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Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Trinity College Library: De consolatione philosophiae

This is the second blog-post in a series taking a closer look at manuscripts lent by Trinity College to the British Library's major exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War. This week, we focus on Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae (O.3.7). Boethius was an educated member of the Roman elite. De consolatione was written as a dialogue …

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