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The Archimedes Palimpsest | Walters Art Museum | Reading Beneath the Lines | By William Triplett - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 12, 2011 | WSJ | By WILLIAM TRIPLETT.

Palimpsests—recycled handwritten books from the Middle Ages—aren't a particularly big deal. "They're around," says Will Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum here. "What's rare is finding one that's interesting."

The interesting part is always the original text that the recycler (or palimpsester) tried to erase in order to write a new, different book...."Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes" is a palimpsest that mostly contains recovered writings of the great Greek mathematician, but it also includes two other recovered texts that have caught the attention of a variety of scholars. A good chunk of these writings exist nowhere else, any other copies having been lost or destroyed long ago.

"It really is a small ancient library of unique texts," Mr. Noel says.
Middle_Ages  books  museums  exhibitions  libraries  Archimedes  Greek 
october 2011 by jerryking
Wolf Hall
21 May 2009 | New Statesman | Review by Rachel Aspden of Hilary
Mantel's Wolf Hall. In the hands of Hilary Mantel, Tudor kitsch
becomes something darker and less digestible. Wolf Hall takes a forensic
slice through a nation caught between feudalism and capitalism, the
Middle Ages and modernity, Catholicism and the revolutionary doctrines
emerging from the Continent. Memories of the disastrous dynastic wars of
the previous century are still fresh, and fears of another are growing.
As there is little national, so there is no personal, security: noble
and commoner alike are only ever a step away from their legal
transformation into a mangled corpse or a smouldering residue of “mud,
grease, charred bone”.

Mantel’s hero for this age of uncertainty is Thomas Cromwell....he is a
champion of reason and – unlike other, less scrupulous members of the
nobility – of the rule of law.
book_reviews  novels  england  royal_courts  fiction  the_English_Reformation  forensics  éminence_grise  Hilary_Mantel  Tudors  feudalism  Protestant_Reformation  protagonists  Middle_Ages  Thomas_Cromwell  historical_fiction 
july 2010 by jerryking
The Men Who Made England
March 2010 | The ATLANTIC MAGAZINE | By Christopher Hitchens.
Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is a service to the history it depicts, and
puts the author in the very first rank of historical novelists.
book_reviews  Christopher_Hitchens  history  Thomas_Cromwell  fiction  royal_courts  the_English_Reformation  éminence_grise  Hilary_Mantel  Tudors  Protestant_Reformation  protagonists  Middle_Ages  historical_fiction 
july 2010 by jerryking
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England | Masterpiece by Julia Vitullo-Martin - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 19, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by JULIA
VITULLO-MARTIN. King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England, is the
product of an extraordinary combination of royal commitment, turbulent
religious politics, violent civil wars, vicious labor disputes, superb
medieval craftsmanship, and engineering that has never been replicated
and is still not fully understood today. The historian Francis Woodman,
author of "The Architectural History of King's College Chapel," calls it
"the English building of the late Middle Ages, every element capturing
the artistic and political revolution of its time."
architecture  Cambridge  churches  history  medieval  Middle_Ages  United_Kingdom 
january 2010 by jerryking
Book Review: Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 10, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by MARTIN RUBIN who reviews "Wolf Hall" By Hilary Mantel
Henry Holt, 532 pages, $27.
book_reviews  United_Kingdom  History  royal_courts  Thomas_Cromwell  éminence_grise  Hilary_Mantel  Tudors  Protestant_Reformation  protagonists  Middle_Ages  historical_fiction 
october 2009 by jerryking

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