Older than the Cathedral: Exeter’s Oldest Manuscripts

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Exeter Cathedral

Established in 1050 by Leofric, the first Bishop of Exeter, Exeter Cathedral is home to a number of original Anglo Saxon manuscripts. The most widely known of these is undoubtedly the Exeter Book of Anglo Saxon Poetry. However, there are also Saxon charters in the Archives, and in the Library there is a 10th century copy of Rabanus Maurus and Isidore of Seville, and Bede’s Death Song in Old English survives in a 13th century manuscript. For the first time, all these manuscripts will be displayed together, along with printed works on Anglo Saxon life, literature and culture from the 16th century onwards.

Join Peter Thomas (Cathedral Librarian), and Ellie Jones (Cathedral Archivist) for this special evening celebrating the Anglo Saxon written word.

This will be a small group session in the Cathedral Library & Archives Reading Room, giving you the chance to see all the items up close, and with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives Reading Room, West Wing of the Bishop’s Palace


£15. Booking available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) and online.