For almost a thousand years books were written in Latin, a language widely understood throughout Europe. Writing in English was much less important and much less widely read. However, as English grew in prestige it was used more often and there are some fabulous examples in Designing English on until the 22 April in the Weston Library, Oxford.
It is worth seeing, not just for the medieval manuscripts in the main exhibition, but also to see the display of current, recently created artists' books inspired by those manuscripts.
Redesigning the medieval book - artists' books inspired by the manuscripts on show.
When leaving the main exhibition rooms of Designing English, turn to the left and head for the vitrine in the main entrance hall to see a selection of books made as a compliment to that exhibition.
Two of my favourites . . .
Invisible, Angela Callanan, captures the eccentricity and peculiarity of medieval magic charms.
Redesigning the medieval book, until the 11 March 2018 at the Weston Library, Oxford.
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