Category Archives: Manuscripts

F for facsimile: T.E. Lawrence’s undergraduate thesis reimagined

The following article by Victoria Stevens appears in the 2017 Jesus College Record. During the many years that I have worked on the conservation of Oxford library collections there have been several objects that stand out in my memory as … Continue reading

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The prayer roll of Margaret of Anjou, she wolf of France

The following article by Christopher Muttukumaru CB appears in the Jesus College Newsletter (issue 27, Trinity Term 2017). In Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 3, Margaret of Anjou was described by the Duke of York as the “she wolf of France, … Continue reading

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Treasures of Jesus College from Cirencester

The following article by Andrew Dunning appears in the 2016 Jesus College Record. Among the medieval manuscripts owned by the Jesus College library are fifteen from Cirencester Abbey, a community of Augustinian canons. They are beautiful examples of bookmaking in … Continue reading

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New online: Welsh manuscripts

Several important Welsh medieval manuscripts belong to Jesus College, most famously the Red Book of Hergest. These manuscripts were photographed twenty years ago for the pioneering digitisation programme Early Manuscripts at Oxford University – originally called the Celtic Manuscripts Project. The images are now newly available … Continue reading

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The manuscripts of Sir John Prise

The following article appears in the 2015 Jesus College Record. Chris Jeens prepared it for publication in February 2015. He died in August 2015 and is remembered in the College Record. Sir John Prise’s supposed gift of 47 medieval manuscripts to Jesus … Continue reading

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Lawrence in the Library

Today is the 80th anniversary of the untimely death of T.E. Lawrence, the archaeologist and adventurer renowned as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, who read Modern History at Jesus College between 1907 and 1910. During the summer vacations of 1908 and 1909, Lawrence embarked … Continue reading

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Hergest appearance

The Red Book of Hergest, one of the treasures of Jesus College, is now in Oxford once more. It had been on loan to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth for the exhibition 4 Llyfr/4 Books, which brought together … Continue reading

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