North Sea Crossings | Apollo Review
This exhibition at Bodleian’s Weston Library in Oxford (December 3-April 18, 2022) examines the cultural links between England and the Netherlands during the medieval and modern periods. Manuscripts, maps, prints and other items from the Bodleian collections show how the exchange of ideas between the two countries shaped their respective literatures; highlights include the ‘Hebban olla vogala’, the oldest surviving fragment of Dutch secular literature from the 11th century, and a 14th century carved chest depicting a battle in Flanders – the same that inspired an early Middle English poem titled The Flemish uprising. The show also looks at the often turbulent life of Dutch migrant communities in Britain and explores the shared literary heritage of medieval con artist Reynard the Fox. Find out more on the Bodleian website.
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