Matthew Parker and Matthew Paris: The Collector and The Chronicler

Mon, 13 November 2017

Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Elizabeth I, is known for his fundamental role in shaping Anglican theology, especially through helping to devise the 39 Articles - the defining statements of Anglican doctrine. But he was also an avid collector of manuscripts, including some of those which were written and illustrated in St Albans by celebrated monk Matthew Paris, who entered the Abbey here 800 years ago.

 We are joined by the two Sub-Librarians who look after Parker’s collections, including Paris’ Chronica Maiora, to discuss Parker’s interest in Paris as an historian, explore the contents of the autograph manuscripts of Paris’ Chronica Maiora, and look at their place in the Parker collection. 

Tutors: Dr Alexander Devine and Dr Anne McLaughlin, Parker Library Sub-Librarians

Venue: Lady Chapel, St Albans Cathedral

Date: Monday 13th November

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £8

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