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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Woodcut from Elizabeth Allde’s edition of The most delicious story of Reynard the fox (1629), with illustrations based on those from Wynkyn de Worde’s editions (1495 and 1515). Photo: © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Drawing of a mermaid and a Dutch sonnet, made in London in 1576 by the artist Lucas de Heere, from the album amicorum by Emanuel van Meteren.

Drawing of a mermaid and a Dutch sonnet, made in London in 1576 by the artist Lucas de Heere, after Emanuel van Meteren amicorum album. Photo: © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Illustration of the tournament organized by Edward III in honor of the Countess of Salisbury, after a copy of the Wavrin Cronics (15th century).

Illustration of the tournament hosted by Edward III in honor of the Countess of Salisbury, from a copy of by Wavrin Cronic (15th century). Photo: © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Marguerite of York, Duchess of Burgundy, in prayer, from a compilation of French devotional texts (1475) commissioned by Marguerite, written in Ghent by David Aubert and illuminated by the Master of Mary of Burgundy

Marguerite of York, Duchess of Burgundy, in prayer, from a collection of French devotional texts (1475) commissioned by Marguerite, written in Ghent by David Aubert and illuminated by the Master of Mary of Burgundy. Photo: © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

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