Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Priceless prayerbooks at Katherine Parr's Manor

Biblical book-lovers will be beating a path to Cambridge this summer, as medieval manor Elton Hall throws open the doors to its amazing library...

Home to the Proby family since the 1660s, the Hall houses a magnificent collection of early English Bibles and associated works.

Highlights on display will include: Tyndale’s New Testament and Pentateuch, both of 1534 and a manuscript of the Wycliffite New Testament, written and illuminated in London in the 1420s.

First editions of all of the major English translations of the Bible throughout the 16th-century will also be on show, including Coverdale’s Bible of 1535 and a copy of the Great Bible of 1539.

Elton's Royal connections are also referenced, with a vellum prayer book once owned by Katherine Parr, containing several notes in the hand of Henry VIII as well as a Latin Book of Hours bearing her signature.

The exhibition - curated by Liam Sims of Cambridge University Library will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays 2-5pm from now until the end of July, plus Sunday opening - in addition - during August.

For full details, visit the Hall's website here, or contact the Hall via email at:

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