December 5, 2009
I thought this may be an interesting thread. Places members have visited lately of historical value; not necessarily Tudor. I thought about it following a visit last week to Wimborne Minster in Dorset. The parents of Margaret Beaufort are buried there, which I had no idea about until I visited. Their tomb is beautiful. It’s amazing what you can find in a church in a small village in the depths of Devon!
They also have a chained library which we were fortunate enough to see. There is an original copy of Erasmus’ book ‘Epistola nuncupatoria’ dated 1522, kept under glass and well away from sticky fingers. On the title page there is apparently an illustration by Holbein. The narrator was unable to tell me what it depicted. I’ve never wanted to smash a piece of glass to get at a book so much in my life!
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