Manuscripts and letters

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My illuminating theory about a lovesick monk | Letter
Letters: A possible explanation from Marianne Puxley for the secret marks discovered on a medieval manuscript

02, Dec, 2022 @5:11 PM

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Woman’s name and tiny sketches found in 1,300-year-old medieval text
Exclusive: Old English name, Eadburg, repeatedly scored into manuscript had remained hidden for more than 12 centuries

Donna Ferguson

28, Nov, 2022 @10:56 AM

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The Posthumous Papers of the Manuscripts Club review – the joy of turning over an old leaf
Christopher de Hamel’s account of the people who created illuminated manuscripts in the middle ages, and those who now preserve them, is a witty treat

Peter Conrad

24, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Folio from ‘world masterpiece’ illuminated manuscript goes up for auction
Section of the Shah Tahmasp Shahnameh is expected to fetch between £4m and £6m at auction next month

Sarah Shaffi

13, Sep, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Salted owl and roasted puppy: Cambridge University to digitise medieval cures
Curious Cures is a two-year project to conserve more than 180 manuscripts, revealing the ‘precarity of medieval life’ and strangeness of pre-scientific medicine

Sarah Shaffi

19, Aug, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Unpublished Ted Hughes poems about partner Assia Wevill to be sold
The recently found notebook of fragments and finished work has been described as the poet’s ‘most direct’ response to the suicide of his partner and daughter in 1969

Lucy Knight

08, Jul, 2022 @1:45 PM

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Walk into a human body, book dealers’ vandalised treasures and a 2D world – the week in art
Alison Katz gets autobiographical , the V&A recovers images cut from medieval manuscripts and Emily Speed sees life in two dimensions – all in your weekly dispatch

Jonathan Jones

14, Jan, 2022 @2:28 PM

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Lessons from Mary, Queen of Scots in folding away secrets | Letter
Letter: Andrew Keeley’s mother used a similar technique … but perhaps for different reasons


12, Dec, 2021 @4:15 PM

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Mary, Queen of Scots ‘locked’ final letter using paper-folding, research finds
On the eve of her execution, Mary wrote a last message to French king, which scholars believe she used elaborate skill to secure

Alison Flood

10, Dec, 2021 @2:35 PM

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‘Solved’: the mystery of the ‘slut’ scrawled on The Grapes of Wrath manuscript
Swedish academics think they can explain why the derogatory term appears at the end of Steinbeck’s text

Alison Flood

11, Oct, 2021 @11:52 AM

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Fragments of medieval Merlin manuscript found in Bristol library reveal ‘chaster’ story
Parchment fragments discovered in bindings of much later volumes reveal ‘subtle but significant’ variations on Arthurian legend

Alison Flood

06, Sep, 2021 @11:58 AM

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Ancient Gilgamesh tablet seized from Hobby Lobby by US authorities
The craft store had acquired the 3,600-year-old artefact for its Bible museum, but court says it had been smuggled and should be returned to Iraq

Alison Flood

28, Jul, 2021 @4:02 PM

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