The Bridge in the Desert: Newly Discovered Latin Manuscripts from St Catherine's Sinai and Evidence for Early Medieval East/West Relations
Open Guest Lecture by Prof. Michelle Brown
The traditional historical view of a complete breakdown in relations between the West and the Near East between the demise of the western Roman Empire and the Crusades is being challenged by the speaker's discovery of a number of early medieval manuscripts in Latin amongst the rich multi-cultural holdings of the library at St Catherine's monastery in the Sinai desert. They open up a new perspective on early medieval history which is explored in this talk.
Michelle Brown is Professor emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London, and a former curator of medieval manuscripts in the British Library, London. She has curated a number of exhibitions in the British Library, has lectured at various academic centers across the world, and has delivered more than one hundred TV interviews for British channels such as BBC, BBC4, Channel 4, and Channel 5. She has authored numerous articles and books, including A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (London & Toronto, 1990), Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (London, 1991), The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe (London, Lucerne & Toronto, 2003), The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Early Medieval World (London, 2011). She is currently preparing for publication a monograph entitled The Latin Manuscripts of the Holy Monastery of St Catherine’s, Sinai.