Illuminating the Law

MS.331detail for Illuminating the Law

Medieval Legal Manuscripts from Cambridge Collections



Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
3 November – 16 December 2001

Drawing on the treasures of Cambridge collections, supplemented by three manuscripts from a unique and very important set at Durham Cathedral Library, ILLUMINATING THE LAW includes superb examples of Italian, French, and English illumination spanning four centuries, from twelfth-century copies of Gratian’s Decretum to fifteenth-century guild statutes. Its purpose is to introduce the historical, literary, scholarly, and artistic information which this relatively unfamiliar and highly specialised material requires in order to be comprehended and appreciated at various audience levels. The selection of images and commentaries included in the virtual exhibition offers a glimpse of the main texts, topics and artists discussed in the comprehensive exhibition catalogue written by Susan L’Engle, Robert Gibbs, and Peter Clarke, published by Harvey Miller and Brepols Publishers, and available at the Museum Shop.


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