Visions of the End in Medieval Spain

Catalogue of Illustrated Beatus Commentaries on the Apocalypse and Study of the Geneva Beatus

John Williams

Visions of the End in Medieval Spain

John Williams

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

Edited by Therese Martin
292 pages | 105 color plates, 30 halftones, 2 line drawings | 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 | © 2016
Cloth $195.00 ISBN: 9789462980624 Published July 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This is the first study to bring together all twenty-nine extant copies of the medieval Commentary on the Apocalypse, which was written by Spanish monk Beatus of Liébana. John Williams, a renowned expert on the Commentary, shares a lifetime of study and offers new insights on these strikingly illustrated manuscripts. As he shows, the Commentary responded to differing monastic needs within the shifting context of the Middle Ages. Of special interest is a discussion of the recently discovered Geneva copy: one of only three commentaries to be written outside of the Iberian Peninsula, this manuscript shows both close affinities to the Spanish model and fascinating deviations from it in terms of its script and style of illustrations.
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