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In Pursuit of a Prince: Archival research into the life of Albert

25 March 2019 1.00pm 1.45pm

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

Speaker: Andrew N Wilson

Distinguished historian, critic, commentator Andrew N Wilson has drawn upon manuscripts, rare books and archives for many of his distinguished biographies. In this talk he discusses how archives and documents provide an invaluable insight into the life and times of his subjects, particularly Prince Albert, the husband and consort of Queen Victoria, and the subject of his next book.

This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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The contents of the book go up to heaven: Bodleian fragments from the Cairo Genizah

24 May 2019 5.30pm - 6.30pm   

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

Speaker: Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger

Books and written documents have been an integral part of Jewish liturgy, part of intellectual and of daily life in the Middle Ages but the tribulations of the Jewish people did not help their conservation. The Cairo Genizah is an exception. This cache of discarded writings discovered in the nineteenth century in the synagogue of Ben Ezra in Fustat yielded a treasure of over 300,000 manuscript fragments, mainly from the tenth to thirteenth century. The fragments have been preserved because Jews believed in the holiness of the Hebrew writing.

This conference discusses the rich collections of the Genizah fragments in the Bodleian Library, and highlights their unique contribution to the history of Jewish book culture of the Eastern Mediterranean.

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