• Home  > 
  • Whats On  > 
  • Royal Manuscripts at British Library
Feature image

Royal Manuscripts at British Library

When
11 November 2011 -
13 March 2012

9.30am - 6pm Mon, Wed & Fri, 9.30am - 8pm Tue
9.30am - 8pm Sat, 11am - 5pm Sun

Where
British Library

Cost
£10.00, free to under 18s

Age Restrictions
n/a

An exhibition of royal manuscripts at British Library goes on show this winter to showcase the Library's very own royal collection. Bringing together a selection of works created between the 9th and 16th centuries, visitors are invited to take a closer look at these beautifully kept and artistically created pieces of art and literature.

Royal manuscripts at British Library
Demonstrating the artistry of the makers from the Middle Ages, much of the illumination on show in this exhibition allows us to understand not only the people who created them, but who their work was created for. Religious pieces, guides to appropriate royal behaviour, and histories provide insight into the political and cultural attitudes of the day.

The Royal library
One of the major contributors to the exhibition of royal manuscripts at British Library is the collection of Edward IV. Having consciously created a court to rival his European counterparts, the creation of various large scale historical and literary manuscripts resulted in the basis of the Old Royal library. Seventeen pieces from his original collection are included in the show, and include some of the best known works of the royal manuscripts altogether.

Exhibition highlights
No doubt one of the highlights of this British Library exhibition is the illuminated Shrewsbury Book, which was created in France in 1445. Designed as a wedding present for Margaret of Anjou and Henry VI, it was commissioned by the renowned military leader, John Talbot, and shows the claim of Henry VI as the rightful heir to the throne of France. Visitors are also able to see the Genealogical Chronicle of the English Kings from circa 1300, which is in essence a royal family tree, which starts with the Anglo Saxon kings.

Events
To accompany the exhibition of illuminated royal manuscripts at British Library a series of events are taking place throughout the season. Gallery talks and lectures make up the programme which discusses the art of illumination itself, the social and political contexts of the time, as well as the various characters represented within the documents. For more information or to book tickets for any of the events, click on the link below.

British Library Official Site

The exhibition of royal manuscripts at British Library takes place from Friday 11th November 2011 - Tuesday 13th March 2012.

Magic Worlds at Museum of Childhood

Charles Dickens at British Library

Heart of the Great Alone at Queens Gallery

Tacita Dean at Tate Modern

The Queen by Cecil Beaton Exhibition

Lauren Child Exhibition London

Lucian Freud Exhibition London

Queens Diamond Jubilee London

Queens Jubilee London

Queens Jubilee Bank Holiday Events

Spider Silk Scarf at V&A

Picasso Exhibition London

Picasso at Tate Britain

Bauhaus Exhibition London

Damien Hirst at Tate Modern

Diamond Jubilee Celebration Exhibition

Edvard Munch Exhibition London

Leonardo da Vinci at Queens Gallery

The Queen at National Portrait Gallery

Shakespeare Exhibition at British Museum

Other Events at British Library

From May 15, Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm, Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun, Bank Hols 11am-5pm, ends Jul 24
03 October 2014 - 20 January 2015
Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, closed Dec 24-26, Jan 1, ends Jan 20
From Nov 14, Mon, Wed-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Tue 9.30am-8pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, closed Dec 24-26, Jan 1, ends Mar 29
From Mar 13, Mon, Wed-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Tue 9.30am-8pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun, Bank Hols 11am-5pm, ends Sep 1
Mon, Wed-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Tue 9.30am-8pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun, Bank Hols 11am-5pm, except Dec 30, 11am-5pm, closed Dec 24-26, Jan 1, Apr 18-20

Don't Miss

X-Factor Winner Ben Haenow Live Showcase X-Factor Winner Ben Haenow Live Showcase

Hear this amazing talent live and direct as Ben takes us through his incredible vocal range at Shaka Zulu.

One Direction O2 TicketsOne Direction O2 Tickets

Prepare for 1D fever to sweep the nation as the boys go back on tour in 2015.

Live Music Tickets

Michael Buble London TicketsMichael Buble London Tickets

Enjoy a night of live music one of the biggest names in the music as Buble heads to The O2 in December.

Sport Tickets

World Darts Championships TicketsWorld Darts Championships Tickets

Can Phil Taylor make it a record seventeenth World Title at Ally Pally?

Theatre Tickets

Wicked TicketsWicked Tickets

One of the world’s favourite musicals continues to cast a spell over audiences.