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Sunday, January 29, 2012

New exhibition: The Romance of the Middle Ages (UK)

New exhibition: The Romance of the Middle Ages (UK)The Bodleian main exhibition has opened to the public. It celebrates the stories of medieval romance and how they have influenced our culture, literature and art over the last thousand years. It includes the dramatic love stories about King Arthur and Tristan and Isolde as they are illustrated in sumptuous medieval manuscripts, alongside works of art and draft papers by J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman and Monty Python, the last on public display for first time. The Romance of the Middle Ages exhibition at the Bodleian Library draws on the Bodleian's outstanding collection of manuscripts and early printed books containing medieval romances. These range from lavishly-illustrated volumes to personal notebooks and fragments only saved by chance. Alongside these will be works of art from across Europe that illustrate romance legends; these include ivory carvings, jewellery and caskets, on loan from national museums and collections

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