Sexy Books at the Victoria and Albert Museum

I had the afternoon off work on Monday after visiting an author in London and before going to watch Penn and Teller Fool Us being filmed (it was amazing) so I popped to the V and A for a browse.

I especially liked the Medieval Europe section which had a massive light filled room filled with Italian and French religious sculptures, huge doors etc. but in a darker room I found these sexy little beasts. Sorry the quality isn’t great,  I took them on my phone and obviously didn’t want to use my flash.

Some nice illumination in these medieval books

I wrote a post the other day about my first favourite book, and I was saying that part of what I liked was that the pictures allowed me to tell myself the stories even before I was able to read. It seems that medieval artists had a similar idea because these ivory carvings show stories from the Bible to help illiterate worshippers access the stories.

Scenes depicting bible stories

But being a bit of a magpie, what really caught my eye was….

 The manuscript dates from 1025-1050 AD and was said to be a gift to Sion Cathedral from the Emperor Charlemagne, so they decided to honour it by blinging it up in this gold, enamel and jewel binding around 1180-1200. Amazing.

How much will one of those set me back?

3 thoughts on “Sexy Books at the Victoria and Albert Museum

  1. Siobhan

    They looked pretty permanent. I’d grab a travel card and head over to the British Museum while you’re at it. I bought four books in their bookshop today. They’re open until 8pm on a Friday which is great after work. Next London outing planned is the British Library. Bet they have some sexy books in there!

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  2. Deborah the Closet Monster

    Oh, those are gorgeous. Looking at them helps me understand a little why my sister went all the way to Cambridge to study (fairly) ancient texts . . . !

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