Medieval manuscripts blog

19 February 2012

David Starkey at the British Library

Detail of a miniature of Henry VIII as King David and his court jester, William Somer, in the Psalter of Henry VIII (London, c. 1540): London, British Library, MS Royal 2 A. XVI, f. 63v.

The final event of our Royal Manuscripts exhibition – gosh, it's gone so fast – will be held on Friday, 9 March. Renowned historian David Starkey will be speaking on "New Learning Out of Old Books: Henry VIII and the Invention of the Royal Library".

Dr Starkey was guest curator of the British Library's major 2009 exhibition Henry VIII: Man and Monarch. He's perhaps best known for his various television appearances, and is a hugely entertaining speaker, as those who have seen his previous performances will testify. In "New Learning Out of Old Books", David Starkey will explain how the royal library was transformed from a collection of illuminated books into a working library, providing intellectual justification for the Divorce and the Royal Supremacy.

Tickets are still available for New Learning Out of Old Books, priced at £7.50 (£5 concessions).

British Library, 9 March, 18.00-19.30

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination closes on Tuesday, 13 March. Grab the chance to see it while you can, or view the exhibits in our Facebook albums.

Detail of a miniature of musicians in the Psalter of Henry VIII: London, British Library, MS Royal 2 A. XVI, f. 98v.


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