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Early Books Lecture Series VIII: Pondering Poetry, Faith, and Games


Illustration from The Golf Book (Book of Hours), by Simon Bening, ca. 1530
Illustration from The Golf Book (Book of Hours), by Simon Bening, ca. 1530

Date: February 22, 2011

Times: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: VerĂ³nica Reyes-Escudero

Cost: Free

Description:

The University Libraries’ Special Collections is proud to present the Early Books Lecture Series VIII, an annual exploration by University of Arizona (UA) scholars of the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. Throughout the month of February, professors from UA’s German, English and History departments will give their audiences new insights into 13th, 16th and 17th century historic texts.

 

Today the concluding lecture in the series, The Golf Book: Playing and Praying in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, will be presented by Paul Milliman, Professor, UA Department of History.

Professor Milliman will analyze the "Golf Book," a sixteenth-century book of hours which depicts games and pastimes.  Milliman will talk about the early history of some of these activities—hunting, jousting, and of course golf, to name a few—and examine why illustrations of these activities figure so prominently in a prayer book.