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Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings – Libraries Gave Us Power

| January 24, 2012

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings – Libraries Gave Us Power

Last night was the final episode in the wonderful BBC4 series “Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings”, in which Dr Janina Ramirez examined illuminated manuscripts from the royal collection in the British Library, and last night it was on the 15th and 16th centuries – yay! The programme opened with Ramirez looking at a beautiful […]

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings – What a King Should Know

| January 18, 2012

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings – What a King Should Know

Following on from last week’s episode “Ruling by the Book”, Dr Janina Ramirez looked at the use of illuminated manuscripts by medieval kings. Here is a precis from my notes… Dr Janina Ramirez set the scene by explaining how in the 1420s the treasures of the French royal family, the nation’s culture and history, were […]

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings – Ruling by the Book

| January 10, 2012

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings – Ruling by the Book

Well, I forced Sir Timothy to sit through a history programme last night and he actually enjoyed it! We sat down and watched the first part of the BBC4 series “Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings” which was entitled “Ruling by the Book”. In this first part, art historian Dr Janina Ramirez looked at the […]

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