Writing the Holy Land: Manuscripts and Texts from the Franciscan Convent in Jerusalem (1333-1530 ca)

On 23 October 2014, Dr. Michele Campopiano (Department of English and Related Literatures) will be giving a lecture on ‘Writing the Holy Land: Manuscripts and Texts from the Franciscan Convent in Jerusalem (1333-1530 ca)’ at the Custodial Curia at St. Saviour’s Monastery in Jerusalem.

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The Library of the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem houses one of the most valuable libraries of the Franciscan Order. Since the thirteenth century, the sons of s. Francis have built an important library containing of more than five hundred manuscripts dating from the eleventh century to the modern era. In the past few months, the inventory of the collection of more than a half thousand manuscripts dating from the Eleventh century to the modern era has been completed, an is now available on the web: Manuscripta Franciscana Hierosolymitana.

This new resource will be publicly launched on 23 October 2014 in the Library of the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem. An exhibition will display thirty-six precious manuscripts in the Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Ethiopian, Greek, Latin, Syriac alphabets, some of which are richly illuminated. Michele Campopiano will then present his lecture.

The event is part of the project “Books bridges of peace” by the European Research Centre Book Publishing Library (CRELEB) of the Catholic University of Milan, supported in particular by ATS pro Terra Sancta.

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