Early Books Lecture Series VII: War, Peace, Faith, Poetry
Date: February 23, 2010
Times: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Special Collections
Contact: Bonnie Travers
The University Libraries Special Collections hosts Early Books Lecture Series VII, and annual exploration by UA scholars of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. English Professor Roger Dahood will explore what is considered the first anthology of English literature in a lecture titled The Elusive History of English Book Production Before Printing: Clues in the Auchinleck Manuscript. The Auchinleck manuscript, believed to have been produced in London around 1340, predates Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The manuscript consists of various pieces of literature, all in differing dialects of Middle English, and includes stories that range from the lives of saints to knightly romances. While the original work resides in the National Library of Scotland, the UA Main Library collection includes a facsimile of the manuscript.