From the 11th to the 31st of March, an exhibition provides the medieval manuscripts of the Cathedral Libray of Esztergom. Titled “For They Look at for Your Souls…” – Codices in the Cathedral Library of Esztergom, the exhibition is on check out in the freshly restored exhibition rooms of the Bibliotheca.
Right after the library moved back to Esztergom in 1853, János Scitovszky (1785-1866), archbishop of Esztergom, József Dankó and Nándor Knauz, canons of Esztergom each bequeathed 4 codices to the collection. Amongst these, there was a 12th-century cathedral schoolbook that contains a commentary of the Track of Tunes among the other texts, and various manuscripts of Bohemian origin.
Most codices in the library originated and ended up employed in Central Europe, in Bohemia, Vienna, and Southern Germany. Nonetheless, some of the manuscripts came from the English, Italian, and French territories. The decoration of Peter Lombard’s commentary on the Psalms is a high-good quality product or service of English miniature portray. The exhibited manuscripts present a wide array of medieval ecclesiastical literature encompassing textbooks on liturgy, theology, church regulation, astronomy, lexicography, as nicely as sermon collections, prayer textbooks, and schoolbooks.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of a catalog describing with terrific erudition the medieval manuscripts preserved in the Esztergom e-book collections (The Codices of the Cathedral Library of Esztergom, the Archiepiscopal Simor Library, and the Esztergom City Library). The book was edited by Edit Madas and published by Kinga Körmendy, Judit Lauf, Edit Madas, and Gábor Sarbak. Kinga Körmendy’s complete introduction provides the history of the collections and the in-depth descriptions are accompanied by many indices, appendices, a bibliography, and colour plates. The e book is the most the latest quantity of the Fragmenta et codices in bibliothecis Hungariae collection. The e book can be ordered here: [email protected]. A German-language edition of the catalog is forthcoming.
(Text and pics by the Cathedral Library of Esztergom)