William Tyndale was a scholar and theologian born in Gloucestershire at the end of the 15th century. His translation of the New Testament was the first to be printed in English. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is one of only three copies surviving from the 3,000 or so printed in 1526 by Peter Schoeffer in the German city of Worms. Tyndale’s translation was thought to be sacrilegious in England, so his Bibles were smuggled into the country in bales of cloth. Those discovered owning them were punished. At first only the books were destroyed, but soon heretics would be burned too – including Tyndale himself in 1536. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This version of the book is unique; see it in our #BLTreasures Gallery, free and open daily. Click the link in our bio to explore the item further.
Ahead of their time: did you know the Anglo-Saxons saw Earth as part of a far greater interconnected world? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Discover the sophistication of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Click the link in our bio. #BLAngloSaxons ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Image: 'On the Nature of Things', England, mid-10th century. Cotton MS Domitian A I, ff. 23v-24r)
Our new Voices of Art online resource explores the shifting influences on British art and the energetic changes within the art world throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Hear artists, curators, art writers and others who work in the field of visual art talk about their lives and work. Listen through the link in our bio.
'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' begins when a Christmas feast at Camelot – the legendary court of King Arthur – is interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious green knight riding a green horse.
A masterpiece of Middle English literature, this poem uses alliteration as well as a metrical form called the ‘bob and wheel’. Each stanza ends with a short half-line of only two syllables (the bob), followed by a mini-stanza of longer lines which rhyme internally (the wheel). The use of this complex form over 2,500 lines of verse demonstrates the poet’s skill. However the identity of the poet remains unknown today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The manuscript containing this poem was part of the collection of Sir Robert Cotton, which in the 18th century was stored in the Ashburnham House in London. In 1731, a terrible fire ripped through the library and many of the manuscripts were lost or irreparably damaged. The fact that this manuscript, which contains the sole surviving copy of this poem, might also have been lost makes it especially precious. See more pages from the manuscript through the link in our bio. #BLTreasures
For #LoveTheatreDay, we present AN INFANT IN A GO-CART and other fantastic images discovered in our playbills collection by some of our In The Spotlight volunteers. What will you find? Click the link in our bio to find out more.
Ever wondered whether King Harold was really killed by an arrow to the eye? What life was like for women in Anglo-Saxon England? Or who the Anglo-Saxons actually were? Our new Anglo-Saxon web resource reveals the answers and features collection items from our #BLAngloSaxons exhibition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Click the link in our bio to find out more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image: Tract on the First Arrival of the Saxons Cotton MS Caligula, A VIII, FF. 28v – 29r
The Library’s site at Boston Spa opened officially this week in 1962. At the time it had 20 miles of shelving, 125 miles of microfilm and employed 125 staff! Have you visited this treasure trove for researchers? Find out more through the link in our bio.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This illustration taken from 'Mischeefes mysterie London' shows #GuyFawkes being halted at the Houses of Parliament before he was able to carry out the Gunpowder Plot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #GuyFawkesNight
This #BlackCatDay, may we present our furry friend Wilbur from Winnie the Witch? Meet him and other feline characters as they prowl their way from page to display at our #BLCats exhibition, opening soon!