Trinity Lends to Thomas Becket Exhibition

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.  Thomas Becket was murdered on 29 December 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral. From relatively humble beginnings he had risen to serve as Royal Chancellor and then as Archbishop …

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Questions on Criticism: Arthur Balfour’s Romanes Lecture on literary criticism and beauty (1909)

Among the material recently acquired by the College is a collection of documents relating to Trinity alumnus and former Prime Minister Arthur James Balfour (Add.MS.a.616). Following his entry into Parliament in 1874, much of Balfour’s early career was focused on Ireland, where he remained staunchly against Irish home rule and oversaw the redistribution of land …

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Greek Manuscripts

A guest blog by Project Cataloguer, Dr Matteo Di Franco. The Wren Library is home to a stunning collection, ranging from medieval manuscripts to 20th-century rare editions, and since 2019 its Greek manuscripts have been receiving new and in-depth attention, thanks to the Polonsky Foundation Greek Manuscripts Project. This is a collaborative project between the …

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Alchemy at Trinity: Newton and the Library

Guest blog post by Dr Anke Timmermann, former Munby Fellow (2013-14) and author of an annotated catalogue of alchemical texts and illustrations in Cambridge. Anke is a historian of science, bibliographer, writer, and antiquarian bookseller. It is a fact perhaps not as well-known as it ought to be that Trinity College is inextricably connected with …

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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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