I fell in love with the detail, from the animals and ivy in the border to the design of the young King's cape. I've always loved the use of natural imagery in medieval manuscripts and the combination of images with words. Texts such as these were incredibly expensive to produce and obviously took months of hard work. You can almost see the respect and value placed upon them; even by looking at each word on the page you can see how much care went into the formulation and design of every element on the page.
They were intended to generate awe and years later they are still just as enthralling and inspirational. I love the page below taken from the same Psalter. I wonder what the monks are gossiping about? Miniature of Prince Henry presenting the book to John Mowbray, 2nd duke of Norfolk, who kneels before him, Arundel 38, f. There are manuscripts in the exhibition, ranging from religious texts to guides for the monarchy and instructive texts for princes who would one day become kings.
There are also maps which provide some very interesting routes to the Holy Lands! Apparently, if you turn right at some point you might get to Jerusalem. I think they must have been the medieval satnav. Posted by Bloomsbury Bell at 6 comments:.
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Tuesday, 6 March Ringing in the Changes. Gently, faintly, I hear the bells chiming again and Bloomsbury Bell is awoken. I have been spending my time in Oxford coffee shops, pubs and libraries reading and writing and when I have not been doing that I have been in the garden attempting to get to grips with a large, overgrown and rambling cottage garden.
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In between I have been going back to London for a dose of home. They say that change is as good as a rest, but maybe sometimes rest is as good as a change. Having had several changes over the last couple of years I have taken time to be restful, be slow and be observant.
This hasn't been without its challenges, I struggled to feel content with being slow in a world which encourages speed and change. I struggled to keep myself from a natural fast pace and to believe that it was really fine to take time out of things for a while. Being busy was something I couldn't do without so I found a balance of being busy with 'quiet' things such as gardening, walking, reading and exploring Oxford. Posted by Bloomsbury Bell at 21 comments:. Labels: general musings , Oxford.
The road into our village in winter. One of my favourite books is Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and having recently moved to the countryside I can certainly see where her inspiration came from! There is a tumbledown farmyard along our lane and as I pass it every morning I sometimes expect Adam Lambsbreath to come around the corner with Feckless or Aimless in tow.
Our village is owned by Oxford University which acquired it in the s after the death of the landowner who lived in the 'big house'. This means that there has been no building or housing development for around years - I think the village hall was one of the last buildings that was built in the s. As I walk to the shop little more than a front room in a cottage or to the pub, I feel as though I am being transported back in time.
It is completely feudal as we all pay rent to the university as none of the houses are ever sold.
There are only around 50 households in the village but, despite the small population, there is a thriving community and lots of village parties and events. Moving to a village after living in London for almost a decade was a daunting prospect but we have struck lucky in that we are only 3 miles from Oxford and the village community is made up of a strong and friendly bunch of people. When I read articles about the decline of rural communities, I look around at ours and think how lucky we are that we didn't move somewhere that is home to commuters and second homeowners.
Having said that, I can see how easily things would change for us if the shop ever disappeared as it really is the hub - all information is gathered via the shop. And believe me when I say that nothing is sacred. Everyone really does know everything! More Information about Bloomsbury Publishing. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. This sounds soooo good! Amazing review and thanks so much for sharing, Jasmine! Like Liked by 1 person. I hope you will enjoy The Wren Hunt series Sophie!
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Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I just gave birth to my daughter. Wonderful review for what sounds like another winner. Yep, another one added to the pile. I know what you mean.. I am constantly thinking.. Too many books and too little time.. Sounds great!! I love the world with the different groups in them. I also love a slow burn romance! Great review!
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