Illuminated Manuscripts by Richard Hayman

I am recommending a very different sort of book, which would make an ideal stocking-filler for anyone interested in the medieval world. Illuminated Manuscripts is by historian Richard Hayman and is published by Shire at £7.99. Beautifully illustrated (including a full page from the Sherborne Missal) this slim volume tells the story of medieval illuminated books and their production, and includes a chapter on the coming of both the printing press and the Reformation, and their significance for book production and use.

Illuminated Manuscripts is available from the Abbey Shop.