From the 11th to the 31st of March, an exhibition presents the medieval manuscripts of the Cathedral Libray of Esztergom. Titled “For They Enjoy for Your Souls…” – Codices in the Cathedral Library of Esztergom, the exhibition is on perspective in the recently restored exhibition rooms of the Bibliotheca.
Soon 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 and every bequeathed 4 codices to the assortment. Among the these, there was a 12th-century cathedral schoolbook made up of a commentary of the Song of Songs among other texts, and numerous manuscripts of Bohemian origin.
Most codices in the library originated and ended up used in Central Europe, in Bohemia, Vienna, and Southern Germany. However, some of the manuscripts arrived from the English, Italian, and French territories. The decoration of Peter Lombard’s commentary on the Psalms is a high-high-quality merchandise of English miniature painting. The exhibited manuscripts existing a vast array of medieval ecclesiastical literature encompassing textbooks on liturgy, theology, church legislation, astronomy, lexicography, as nicely as sermon collections, prayer publications, and schoolbooks.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of a catalog describing with excellent erudition the medieval manuscripts preserved in the Esztergom book collections (The Codices of the Cathedral Library of Esztergom, the Archiepiscopal Simor Library, and the Esztergom Town Library). The ebook was edited by Edit Madas and penned by Kinga Körmendy, Judit Lauf, Edit Madas, and Gábor Sarbak. Kinga Körmendy’s comprehensive introduction presents the record of the collections and the specific descriptions are accompanied by various indices, appendices, a bibliography, and coloration plates. The book is the most latest volume of the Fragmenta et codices in bibliothecis Hungariae collection. The ebook can be ordered listed here: [email protected]. A German-language model of the catalog is forthcoming.
(Textual content and photos by the Cathedral Library of Esztergom)