“We are fortunate to not only acquire a significant early printed work of medieval history, but also to acquire one that is written in English, the first English incunable we’ve acquired,” explains Annie Murray, associate university librarian for Archives and Special Collections. “This English translation of the Polychronicon is both an accessible text and a fascinating historical object.”
Annie Murray, associate university librarian for Archives and Special Collections, led a manuscript and incunabula workshop at Congress 2016. It is thought that many scholars do not understand the language in early-printed books, so the texts are often studied more as historical artifacts than works of literature. The fact that the Polychronicon is in English enhances its teaching and research value.
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