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A Material History of the Bible in England, 1200-1600

When Jun 12, 2018
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Milstein Room, Cambridge University Library
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A Material History of the Bible in England, 1200-1600
Dr Eyal Poleg
Senior Lecturer in Material History
Queen Mary, University of London

From the rise of mass-produced Vulgates in the thirteenth century to the proliferation of innovative vernacular prints in the sixteenth, five lectures will chart the history of the Bible in England across print and reform. Manuscript and early printed bibles from the collections of Cambridge University Library will support a new history of the Bible in England, one which blurs the boundaries between reform and conservatism, and between the Church and heresy. Among their pages we will encounter a hidden portrait of Jane Seymour, the marks of scholars, children and crooks, and the discovery of America.

Each lecture will be accompanied by a display of manuscripts and books from the Library’s collections and will be followed by a discussion led by a respondent.

22 May—The Late Medieval Bible: Beyond Innovation
29 May—Wycliffite Bibles and the Limits of Orthodoxy
5 June—1535 and the First Two English Bibles
12 June—The Great Bible as a Useless Book
19 June – The Bibles of Edward VI and Beyond: Moving Fast Forward

5.30pm, Milstein Room, University Library