‘Gather your song’: virgin saints in the Barking Hymnal

The page above is from a 15th-century hymnal in the Wren Library, showing the hymn Tibi Christe, splendor patris. It has enjoyed a respectable place in English church music tradition, appearing in the 1906 English Hymnal as Thee, O Christ, the Father’s splendour. (It did not quite make the cut when the New English Hymnal …

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Trinity Lends to Thomas Becket Exhibition [I]

Trinity College has loaned three manuscripts to the exhibition ‘Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint’ which opens at the British Museum on 20 May 2021. In three blog-posts in coming weeks we will take a closer look at these manuscripts in the context of the story of Becket's life and cult. Thomas …

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A 15th-Century French Missal

The digitisation project at the Wren Library, Trinity College has given access to scholars from around the world to its fabulous collection of over 1000 medieval manuscripts. François Avril of Bibliothèque nationale de France is one such scholar and he has used the online facility to write a detailed appraisal of the significance of the …

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Manuscript Owners and a Newly-Identified Manuscript from the Austin Friars, London

Some medieval manuscripts will have had several owners and often information about these people can be found within the manuscripts themselves. This is often a simple statement of ownership such as that found at the bottom of folio 1 of manuscript B.15.1 which tells us that at one time it belonged to the Benedictine Cathedral …

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Warden Abbey Manuscripts

Trinity College Library has the largest collection of manuscripts in the country from the Cistercian Abbey of Warden in Bedfordshire. These 14 volumes have recently been digitised and are freely available online via the Wren Digital Library selected using the donor search facility. Alternatively you can link to individual manuscripts direct from this blog. The …

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