PREVIEW: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War, British Library

The British Library’s latest exhibition examines the history, culture and literature of  Anglo-Saxon England – spanning across six centuries. 

Now open at the British Library, this new exhibition spans across from the eclipse of Roman Britain all the way through to the Norman Conquest of 1066, offering visitors a chance to encounter original evidence from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War brings together some of the British Library’s own collection as well as items on loan. Highlights of the exhibition will include the Codex Amiatinus, the earliest surviving complete Bible in Latin, the four principal manuscripts of Old English poetry on display together for the first time and the Domesday Book, the most famous book in English history and the earliest surviving public record, on loan from The National Archives.

Through these objects as well as many others, the British Library’s display will include famous figures such as King Alfred the Great and King Cnut to help uncover a highly developed culture.

The exhibition will highlight the important role that manuscripts played in communicating ideas  religion, literature and artistic influences throughout England and across political and geographical boundaries.

Talking about Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War  Dr Claire Breay, Lead Curator of the exhibition said: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see an outstanding array of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and objects produced over six centuries, which demonstrate the sophistication and interconnected European world of Anglo-Saxon art, literature and history.”

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War is on display at the British Library until the 19th February 2019. For more information visit:

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