A gloriously illustrated celebration of biblical manuscripts, representing 1,000 years of history and some of the finest works of art from the medieval Christian world. Scot McKendrick is Head of Western Heritage Collections at the British Library, where Kathleen Doyle is Lead Curator, Illuminated Manuscripts. Together they wrote Bible Manuscripts: 1,400 Years of Scribes and Scripture, and contributed to Sacred: Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
300 illustrations 31.0 x 25.0 cm 336pp hardback ISBN 978 0 500 239476 September £60.00
The Art of the Bible Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle 22
Illuminated manuscripts of the Bible are some of the finest, most beautiful but least-known works of art to survive from the Middle Ages. This exquisitely illustrated book presents 45 expertly selected treasures that transport us across 1,000 years of history, passing chronologically through some of the major centres of the Christian world. We travel from Constantinople, Lindisfarne and imperial Aachen to Canterbury, Mozarabic Spain, Crusader Jerusalem, northern Iraq, Paris, Bologna, Naples, the Low Countries, Rome and elsewhere, and finish our journey in Gondar, the capital of imperial Ethiopia. Our guides, Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, are internationally renowned scholars who shed light on each manuscript’s fascinating history and significance. Every manuscript included in this major new study is a glorious masterpiece, and is reproduced on a scale that enables us to marvel at the illuminator’s art. Published in association with The British Library.