Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms — Art, Word and War

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, 96 Euston Road, St. Pancras, London51.529985 -0.127015
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0330 333 1144

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9.30 AM to 6 PM (Mon, Wed-Fri); 9.30 AM to 8 PM (Tue); 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Sat); 11 AM to 5 PM (Sun)
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£16. See bl.uk

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The Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition at the British Library uses 180 treasures to explore the beginnings of the English language and literature.

Many books were made during this period but very few survive, so this is your opportunity to read some of the earliest-surviving English words, including the first letter written in English and manuscripts of Old English poetry and prose.

Highlights include archaeological finds from Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard, the beautifully illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels, copies of Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History, and the Codex Amiatinus -- a giant bible that was taken to Italy in 716, and is now returning to England for the first time in 1300 years.

Evening Standard★★★★★ – "By some distance, the most significant exhibition in London" The Guardian★★★★★ – "Discover a culture of barbaric splendour and fierce vision"

 

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