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Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination
** 58 outstanding royal manuscripts, 500 high-resolution images, expert videos, in one luxurious app. **
Discover 58 of the most outstanding illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from British Library’s exhibition, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination. Explore this unique treasure trove, assembled by English kings and queens over 700 years, in beautiful high resolution detail, with 500 images, videos of British Library experts, and informative text.
Special introductory price of £1.49 (iPhone) and £2.49 (iPad) until 11 November 2011!
** Please note, a WiFi connection is required to download the app and to view the videos **
Features of the app include:
--> 58 manuscripts from the exhibition, each with interpretive text.
--> 500 high-resolution manuscript images of some of the best surviving examples of medieval painting in England, including many pages not on display in the exhibition.
--> 6 expert curator videos exploring the history and details of the manuscripts.
--> Functionality to star your favourite items and view them together in one place.
Selected manuscripts include colourful histories and genealogies, Bibles and Psalters, scientific works and accounts of coronations. Some highlights include:
--> Book of Hours made for Margaret Beauchamp (great-grandmother of Henry VIII).
--> Henry VIII’s Psalter, commissioned and annotated by the king himself.
--> Maps of an itinerary from London to Apulia and to the Holy Land.
--> Shrewsbury book, presented to Margaret of Anjou on her marriage to Henry VI in 1445.
These manuscripts provide the most vivid surviving source for understanding royal identity, moral and religious beliefs, learning, faith artistic trends and international politics of the period. Each manuscript is a work of art in its own right. As a collection they give an outstanding indication of medieval and early modern royal taste and preferences.