Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Sacred Contexts - British Library




British Library, London - Sacred Contexts

I have been looking at the British Library, London, web site, and discovered, for this first time , this is a lovely piece of work , Sacred Contexts.

The image above clicks to a video showing a calligrapher making a manuscript using the same tools her medieval peer would have access to. It is part of a series of of videos - audio tracks and other materials from their Sacred Contexts exhibition in 2007, on the common ground of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Explore 78 Texts
You can also explore 78 Jewish, Christian and Islamic holy books, including some of the world's most precious Hebrew and Christian Bibles and Qur'ans, plus Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian texts, here.

George Reynolds
And just for the tape - my dear old Dad, George Reynolds, was an amateur bookbinder. I still have the Liber Usualis he made for me. As a child, I used to adore standing beside him, helping, especially when, rarely, he used some of his precious gold leaf. So watching this video had a whole other layer for me. Thanks BL for that as well.

Postscript
Can you believe it - you can download a PDF of the Liber Usualis from the CMAA, Church Music Association of America, here.

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