Il­lu­mi­na­tions: Pri­vate Lives of Me­dieval Kings

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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.

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