Recent Additions to the Wren Digital Library (4): Prince Henry’s Copybooks

Prince Henry Frederick (1594 –1612) was the son of James VI of Scotland (also later James I of England) and Anne of Denmark. In his short lifetime, he was regarded as a young man of great promise - the ideal Renaissance prince - but he died of typhoid fever at the age of only 18. …

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Trinity Lends Medieval Manuscripts

As part of its 200th birthday celebrations, the Fitzwilliam is staging one of the largest exhibitions of medieval illuminated manuscripts for several years. Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscipts combines a fantastic display of medieval artworks with the findings of a major scientific research project, http://www.miniare.org. The research project uses non-invasive techniques to …

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Recent Additions to the Wren Digital Library (2)

The latest additions to the Wren Digital Library include a manuscript containing works by Chaucer (R.3.15), a volume given to Trinity by Jonathan Dryden (B.15.27), two manuscripts of Walter Hilton's Scale of Perfection (O.7.47 and B.15.18), a volume from Christ Church Cathedral Priory (B.2.25) and a medieval encyclopedia (R.9.10). R.3.15: Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales This …

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500th Manuscript Online

Bernard Gui (1260-1331) was a Friar-Preacher perhaps best known as an Inquisitor against the Albigensians (or Cathars). He ended his career as Bishop of Lodève. This manuscript (R.4.23) includes various works by Bernard, but we are highlighting the beautifully illustrated genealogical tree - Arbor genealogie regum - which traced the lineage of the French Kings …

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Recent Additions to the Wren Digital Library (1)

Items added to the Wren Digital Library over the past few weeks include a French translation of St Augustine's De Civitate Dei, a volume which probably belonged to Thomas Becket, an anthology containing marginal commentaries in decorative shapes and two printed plays by Shakespeare from the Capell Collection of Shakespeariana. R.17.23: Augustine, De Civitate Dei, …

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Photograph of the Month: A. E. Housman

The 80th anniversary of the death of the classical scholar and poet A. E. Housman is on the 30th of this month. Housman was the Kennedy Professor of Latin at Trinity from 1916 onwards. The Wren Library has an autograph copy of his best-known collection, A Shropshire Lad, given by Housman in 1926. Housman published …

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Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean

Manuscript R.4.50 is a spectacular example of a particular type of map which became common among mariners and sailors during the 13th century and remained in use up until the 18th century. Portolan charts were graphic representations of the advice, directions and instructions contained in portolani: these were manuscript sailing instructions, aimed at ensuring a …

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The Wren Digital Library and Creative Commons

We are excited to announce an new development for the Wren Digital Library. We have made the decision to license our images under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, meaning that anyone is welcome to share images from the James Catalogue for non-commercial purposes as long as you credit the source of the images.* This is …

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