Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Dublin Apocalypse

On 30 January, Trinity College Dublin announced that it has now fully digitised and placed online all 118 pages of a 14th century illuminated Latin manuscript of the Book of Revelation, known as The Dublin Apocalypse.

They describe the book as ‘among the finest illuminated volumes in the Library of Trinity College Dublin . . . accompanied by exquisite illustrations in gold and vivid colours [which] depicts scenes of the horsemen of the Apocalypse, battles with many-headed beasts and the heavenly Jerusalem for its readers to enjoy.’

This is a feast of the medieval imagination, a sort of fantastic literature and futuristic fiction for the learned of the day.

(With thanks to The Book Guide and The Irish Times for drawing attention to the announcement).

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