Precious medieval ‘encyclopaedia’ on public display for the first time
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 1pm-4pm a lavishly illustrated medieval book which once belonged to King Henry VIII is on public display at the University Library.
The Aberdeen Bestiary, created in England in around 1200 and first documented in the Royal Library at Westminster Palace in 1542, will be shown in a new exhibition Gilded Beasts at the University of Aberdeen.
Bestiaries were illustrated books of animals, some real and some mythological, used to provide Christian moral messages. They were popular in the 12th and 13th centuries but few were as lavishly produced as the Aberdeen manuscript, which has been in the care of the University for almost four centuries.
No booking is necessary and entry is free.
Venue: University Library