The Cotton Collection at the British Library

“The manuscript collections of the antiquary, Huntingdonshire landowner and administrator, Sir Robert Cotton (1571-1631) contain many maps, charts and plans. Cotton’s collecting was driven by a blend of patriotism and a passion for antiquity. The latter accounts for the presence of one of the earliest detailed European world […]

Peter Robins states….

“ManuscriptsSigeric’s journey back from Rome after receiving his pallium (either AD989 or AD990) is recorded in a manuscript… in the British Library. The manuscript forms part of the Cotton collection: Tiberius B.v., folios 34 and 35.”

Pay off your debts!

“Usually the pilgrims were men, but women could undertake the trip as well. The person had to pay his debts, prepare a will, receive from his local priest his pilgrim costume, ask forgiveness of anyone whom he might have offended and finally to say goodbye to everyone before […]

Languages

I speak fluent French – I teach it. 700 days should allow me to bring my Italian up to a very good standard. Another incentive. There is a course at the University of Reading that I shall sign up for today… For the bit across German-speaking Switzerland, I […]