Marvellous to Behold
Miracles in Illuminated Manuscripts
Distributed for British Library
The lavishly illustrated Marvellous to Behold earns its breathtaking title by focusing on the illustrations of miracles in illuminated manuscripts as well as the retelling of the miracle tales themselves. Deirdre Jackson selects 117 of these miraculous images, which are fully reproduced here in brilliant color, and provides detailed text retelling their miracle stories and explaining the significance of their inclusion. Marvellous to Behold explores a wide variety of illuminated sources in its accounting of these fascinating images such as legal texts, song books, devotional works, historical chronicles, the lives of the saints, and of course, biblical manuscripts. Chronicling the medieval artists who took inspiration from everyday life in their illustrations of universal tales such as Jonah and the Whale, this volume suggests that the works of these artists have just as much to tell us about the societies in which they lived—and their relation to wonder—as about the supernatural. Truly “something wonderful” for anyone interested in miracles, the history of religions, or medieval life and art, this attractive and eye-catching volume is not to be missed.