Watch: Highlights from the British Library’s new Anglo-Saxon exhibition

A new exhibition at the British Library – Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War – recently opened in London to rave reviews. Here, lead curator Dr Claire Breay highlights some of the remarkable items on display, including manuscripts, books, letters and charters

The remarkable Codex Amiatinus, a "giant of a book", and part of a new exhibition at the British Library. (Photo by Sam Lane Photography/British Library)

From the remarkable Codex Amiatinus, which would have required the skins of 500 calves to make the vellum for its pages; to masterpieces of Old English poetry such as Beowulf, the British Library’s latest exhibition is a wonder to behold. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the items on display…

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This video was narrated by curator Claire Breay, who recently featured in a History Extra podcast discussing the British Library’s new exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War. Listen to the full interview with Claire Breay here.

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Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War is open at the British Library until Tuesday 19 February 2019. Find out more here, and read our full review of the exhibition here.