Copyright 2012 by Paula S. Jordan
Ken and I are finally, after some years of wishing and planning, taking off soon on a European adventure! There will be some time in Italy (mainly Tuscany, visiting with a friend.) Then Rome, London and Bath (I’ll finally get to see Stonehenge!!) And Paris. Yea!
And it occurred to me: I’ve scheduled the ruins (the forum and coliseum, prehistoric British and Etruscan sites) and the art (The Sistine Chapel, Florence, David! The Louver!) and the archaeology, and the food, and the Theater (The Globe! Shakespeare’s London!) but the only thing at all book-like … though I’ll be excited to see it … is the Rosetta Stone.
So now, a dream list of historical documents to be visited. The entries are all British, so far:
The Magna Carta — very early copies in the British Museum and British Library.
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle — British Library, together with Chaucer, Shakespeare, ancient maps and sacred texts of many religions (including the Lindisfarne Gospels and a Gutenberg Bible), illuminated medieval manuscripts, a daVinci notebook, and … the Beatles. (Sadly, the Chronicle doesn’t seem to be on display and my email has gone unanswered.)
The Domesday Book — said to be in the British Archives, but the web site doesn’t mention it. Again, my email unanswered.
The Bayeux Tapestry — not technically a book, of course, but a document all the same — is unfortunately in Bayeux, in France, and far from Paris.
I’ve done no searching yet for bookish treasuries in Tuscany, Rome (the Vatican Library for one), or Paris, and have fewer ideas of what to look for in non-English literature. So … any thoughts? If I am able to see the books you suggest, I will do all I can to send pictures, of the buildings if not the objects themselves.
My thanks for all suggestions!