Fellowship at the Fitzwilliam

Posted on 21 September 2005
As a means to deepen fellowship, some of the men of Ferndale visited Cambridge yesterday. The object was to view the extraordinary collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts that the University and its colleges possess. The centre-piece was the celebrated Macclesfield Psalter.

The exhibition includes the Bible that Augustine of Canterbury is claimed to have brought to the country in 497AD, a copy of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English Peoples made about the year of his death (735AD) and many Bibles, prayer books and one book in which Erasmus of Rotterdam was the scribe. This, as one of the group noted, emphasised the importance of the Scriptures in medieval life; something sadly missing today.

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