The Humanist North

Illuminated Manuscripts

University of Glasgow Library

Blog post by Wiktoria Muryn, MLitt Renaissance Art History student on placement in Special Collections.

There are many historical myths about the medieval period. We have all heard stories of the strictly devout society, despotic rulers and the daily grime and misery that reigned over Europe for almost five hundred years. Then, we were told, came the glorious Italian Renaissance, and soon the light of classical learning and beauty shone down onto the Dark Ages. However, a selection of manuscripts and early printed books from Special Collections proves that the relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is much more intricate than that.

MS Hunter 206

MS Hunter 231: Plato, Seneca, Aristotle

During my placement in Special Collections I embarked on a study of MS Hunter 206 – a classical miscellany from the library of Raphael de Mercatellis (1437-1508), a Flemish bastard-made-nobleman and eventually an abbot in the mercantile…

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