Another library tour this morning with the Cambridge Newcomers and Visiting Scholars group. They have such wonderful things arranged fro us, and all we have to do is sign up and then show up at the right time. This morning it was the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College.
Before we went to the library, we went around to the Old Quad. In this photo you can see the tower of an Anglo-Saxon Church, St. Benets, which was completed about 1030. The quad itself is Medieval, and the plaque on the wall on the left of the photo shows us where Christopher Marlowe might have lived (some think it was a room just a bit further left) when he was up at Corpus Christi in the 1580s. And on the right the building showing on the other side of the quad is the Old Cavendish Laboratory, where such 20th century discoveries in science as DNA and the splitting of the atom took place.
The view from the library into the New Quad.
Our guide explained Parker with fantastic clarity and interest. He can be seen here discussing some of the same manuscripts for an exhibit:
Parker assembled a book of letters from his own era, this one is by Martin Luther. Yes, THAT Luther. I can't believe it is let out from behind glass.
They are not called illuminated manuscripts for nothing! The gold on this one is amazing, the photo does not do it justice.