Illuminations: Private Lives of Medieval Kings
Wednesday, 8.30pm, History In London’s Westminster Abbey there’s a room only scholars normally see. But in this new history series we go there to look at a special volume, an illuminated book. Embellished with gold and colourful painting, the Liber Regalis provided the order of service for all coronations from about 1382 (in preparation for the crowning of Anne of Bohemia, consort to Richard II) to that of Elizabeth I. Few have seen the Liber Regalis and other artefacts of this lost world, so come along with historian Janina Ramirez as she unlocks the secrets of books made for kings. ‘‘ This is a powerful, even mystical object,’’ says Ramirez, touching the Liber Regalis. ‘‘ For us, it can act as portal to the lost world of the medieval monarchy.’’ And it does.