A Window into the Devotions of Sixteenth-Century Reader

A Window into the Devotions of Sixteenth-Century Reader

This colourful frontispiece is reminiscent of a medieval stained glass window, an effect created by nine postage stamp-sized printed images, surmounted by Gothic style architectural forms with floriated dividers. The frontispiece has been added to the original vellum flyleaf of a beautifully crafted fifteenth-century manuscript Bible from the Cathedral Library’s collection (H/N-2-1); the images that customise it have been taken…
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An Elizabethan Almanac for August

An Elizabethan Almanac for August

An Elizabethan Almanac is the latest object to go on display in the Crypt. Almanacs are annual publications and were written for ordinary people. They were so popular during the 16th Century that almost every bookseller in London published them. This Almanac, although published in London, is specifically related to Canterbury. The pages on display are for August 1587. Written…
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Picture This: Elizabeth’s legacy

Picture This: Elizabeth’s legacy

Elizabeth I’s Enduring Legacy: Monarchy and Parliamentary Discourse in the late 17th Century  A Compleat Journal of the Votes, Speeches and Debates, Both of the House of Lords and House of Commons Throughout the Reign of Elizabeth, Of Glorious Memory (Printed 1693): Canterbury Cathedral Library, W/H-6-3 This month’s illustration depicts a scene which is still recognisable as a representation of…
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Cathedral stone auction

Cathedral stone auction

**UPDATE **The catalogue can be viewed online at http://www.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com  For those not able to attend on the day of the sale, it is possible to leave commission bids or bid live online. Please note there is no telephone bidding. Live bidding is through http://www.the-saleroom.com  which can be accessed via a computer, tablet or mobile telephone. Bidders need to register in…
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Cathedral Events and Activities Throughout the Summer

Cathedral Events and Activities Throughout the Summer

Travel back in time with medieval story tellers. Unearth the Cathedral’s hidden history in an archaeological dig. Create your very own gruesome gargoyle. There is a wide array of exciting activities at the Cathedral, and at outreach events at festivals across East Kent, this summer. From arts and crafts to archaeology and conservation, there’s something for everyone. Staring on 23 July, you…
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Summer Blooms – A Wonderful Transformation

Summer Blooms – A Wonderful Transformation

These intricate, coloured frontispieces introduce two volumes (1679 and 1683) of German-born Maria Sybilla Merian’s second published work Der Raupen Wunderbare Vervandeling und Sonderbare Blumen-nahrung (The Wonderful Transformation and Singular Plant-Food of Caterpillars). Female artists in the late seventeenth century were not unheard of; however, they did not enjoy the general freedom of subject matter, or the public appeal, of…
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The Ultimate Work-Life Balance? Receiving, Reading, Writing and Delivering the Word of God

The Ultimate Work-Life Balance? Receiving, Reading, Writing and Delivering the Word of God

John Boys, Works (1629) Canterbury Cathedral Library W/K-4-5 When John Boys, Dean of Canterbury (1619-25) gathered and selected his collection of sermons for publication, he most certainly also designed the frontispiece of his book, commissioning the execution of it to an engraver. However his design would have fitted within accepted framework and principles. What we are presented with here is…
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Cathedral treasures go out on loan

Cathedral treasures go out on loan

What do an old ship’s bell, a medieval book, some ancient slippers and a 20th Century painting have in common? They’re all objects from the Cathedral’s collections that will be going out on loan over the latter half of this year. From 24 hours to several months we will be sending precious and historically significant items out on display to…
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In the beginning…there were spheres of angels

In the beginning…there were spheres of angels

Canterbury Cathedral Library W/S-18-1 This is not the first time the Nuremberg Chronicle has featured in ‘Picture this…’ and given that it is a ‘monster book’ (see Diane Heath’s article –http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/2013/10/01/a-hell-of-a-ride/ ) it is unlikely to be the last. This month the Chronicle is one of three books from the Cathedral Library to go out on loan to the Turner…
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