My talk for the Medieval Summer at St Alban’s Cathedral: From Medingen with Love. Medieval Manuscripts travelling through Europe traced the criss-crossing of manuscripts between Germany and England and discussed their transition from devotional to antiquarian objects.
As preparation for the session, I invited participants to 1) make their own facsimile of a medieval manuscript, 2) watch a short introduction into the attempt to bring together manuscripts from German and English libraries, 3) reflect on the relationship between the digital and material object. The session itself focussed on a group of manuscripts produced in the convent of Medingen in the 15th century and followed their fate across Europe; it compared and combined this with the history of the St Alban Psalter which travelled the opposite way and on its journey rubbed shoulders with a number of Medingen manuscripts. Explore the St Albans Psalter.