Illuminations
Private Lives of Medieval Kings

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Ruling by the Book - Illuminations: Private Lives of Medieval Kings
Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings, and explores the medieval world they reveal. In this episode, she begins her journey with the…
What a King Should Know - Illuminations: Private Lives of Medieval Kings
Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of medieval illuminated manuscripts and shows how they gave power to the king and united the kingdom in an age of plague, warfare and…
Libraries Gave Us Power - Illuminations: Private Lives of Medieval Kings
Dr Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings, and explores the medieval world they reveal. In this episode, the story of the British Library's…

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June

Excellent programs for those interested in manuscripts and English history. Dr. Ramirez is engaging and enthusiastic about her topic. Highlight in the 3rd episode: "This is a manuscript that makes me go weak in the knees."

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Jack

Good stuff

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