From the 11th to the 31st of March, an exhibition offers the medieval manuscripts of the Cathedral Libray of Esztergom. Titled “For They View for Your Souls…” – Codices in the Cathedral Library of Esztergom, the exhibition is on check out in the recently restored exhibition rooms of the Bibliotheca.
Immediately after the library moved again to Esztergom in 1853, János Scitovszky (1785-1866), archbishop of Esztergom, József Dankó and Nándor Knauz, canons of Esztergom each individual bequeathed four codices to the selection. Between these, there was a 12th-century cathedral schoolbook made up of a commentary of the Music of Tunes amid other texts, and many manuscripts of Bohemian origin.
Most codices in the library originated and were being made use of in Central Europe, in Bohemia, Vienna, and Southern Germany. Nonetheless, some of the manuscripts arrived from the English, Italian, and French territories. The decoration of Peter Lombard’s commentary on the Psalms is a significant-quality product of English miniature painting. The exhibited manuscripts present a extensive range of medieval ecclesiastical literature encompassing textbooks on liturgy, theology, church legislation, astronomy, lexicography, as very well as sermon collections, prayer guides, and schoolbooks.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of a catalog describing with excellent erudition the medieval manuscripts preserved in the Esztergom guide collections (The Codices of the Cathedral Library of Esztergom, the Archiepiscopal Simor Library, and the Esztergom Metropolis Library). The e book was edited by Edit Madas and prepared by Kinga Körmendy, Judit Lauf, Edit Madas, and Gábor Sarbak. Kinga Körmendy’s complete introduction presents the background of the collections and the in depth descriptions are accompanied by various indices, appendices, a bibliography, and color plates. The ebook is the most latest quantity of the Fragmenta et codices in bibliothecis Hungariae collection. The guide can be purchased below: [email protected]. A German-language edition of the catalog is forthcoming.
(Textual content and pictures by the Cathedral Library of Esztergom)