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Talks & Seminars

A Tale of Two Libraries : the legacy of Exeter’s bibliophile bishops

Join Emma Laws, Librar­i­an at Exeter Cathe­dral, to hear the extra­or­di­nary sto­ry of the medieval man­u­scripts from the Library at Exeter Cathedral

In 1602, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral donated nearly 100 medieval manuscripts to the Bodleian Library – it was the largest of the Bodleian’s founding donations. Sir Thomas Bodley set about building the library in 1598 and persuaded friends and associates to donate books and manuscripts to his cause. His brother Laurence, a Canon at Exeter Cathedral, probably paved the way for the transfer of manuscripts from the Cathedral Library, including some dating from as early as the 9th century.

For over 400 years, the Bodleian has been home to some of Exeter Cathedral’s most important medieval manuscripts, including several originally donated to the Cathedral by book-loving bishops, Leofric (1050-1072) and John Grandisson (1327-1369). Of the 66 books given to the Cathedral by Leofric only the Exeter Book remains, but the legacy of Exeter’s magnificent medieval library lives on through the shared history and collections of the Cathedral and the Bodleian.

This talk will be taking place after the RAMM Friends AGM which is due to take place at 2pm.
Two libraries