The 'Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expressions' team at Rochester Cathedral has been carrying out archaeological work on its crypt, which will eventually become a permanent exhibition space for the cathedral's treasures, which include one of the most historically important manuscripts for the study of Anglo-Saxon law and culture, Textus Roffensis.
The archaeologists have made some unexpected finds relating to the cathedral's Norman architecture. So it is a pleasure for the Anglo-Saxon Monk, notwithstanding his completely understandable aversion to most things Norman, to announce that the Rochester team has produced a video tour of the crypt. All you need to do is click on the still above and by some kind of wizardry (probably Norman) you will be taken straight to the tour.
The Anglo-Saxon Monk has wangled a morning off monastic duties this week!
On Friday (June 12th), he's off to Fuzzy Duck to have recorded his narration for a new short film about scribal practices.
It's all part of the 'Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expressions' project at Rochester Cathedral, where a permanent exhibition is being created to include an interactive version of the twelfth-century Textus Roffensis manuscript.
Well, all I can say is, why pay heaps of scillingas to some highflying academic to talk about medieval scribal methods when you can throw a few sceattas at a desperate Anglo-Saxon monk? Praise the Lord!
The twelfth-century manuscript Textus Roffensis is the subject of a short-film being made for an exhibition at Rochester Cathedral. The film will take a look at some of the scribal practices and peculiarities visible in the manuscript, such as the use of Chi-Rho symbols (the monogram for Christ) to mark the beginning of certain charters. The copyright for this image is owned by the Dean and Chapter of Rochester Cathedral and is reproduced here by the permission of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester Cathedral.