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The Duc de Berry : Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Christopher de Hamel

Wednesday 16th February 2022

The Duc de Berry: Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

The flamboyant Duc de Berry (1340-1416), brother of the king of France, was the most famous art patron of the late Middle Ages. His great Book of Hours, the Très Riches Heures, is one of the finest of all medieval works of art. The lecture, new to the speaker’s repertoire, asks who the Duc was and why and how he was forming his vast collections. It includes visits to his palaces and castles in France, now mostly ruins, and it uses the Duc’s medieval inventories to conjure their displays of jewels, goldwork, relics, exotic animals and (above all) breathtaking illuminated manuscripts.

Christopher de Hamel

‘Immerse yourself in the medieval world of Christopher de Hamel’ (Sir David Attenborough’s advice on life, quoted in The Evening Standard on his 90th birthday). Christopher de Hamel, FSA, is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He has doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge. He was a director of Sotheby’s for 25 years, responsible for illuminated manuscripts, and then librarian of the Parker Library in Cambridge for 17 years. His very many books on medieval manuscripts include the best-selling Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, which won the Wolfson History Prize. He is widely known as a lecturer across six continents.