This exhibition at the Bodleian’s Weston Library in Oxford (3 December–18 April 2022) looks at cultural connections between England and the Netherlands over the medieval and early modern periods. Manuscripts, maps, prints and other objects from the Bodleian collections demonstrate 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 entitled The Flemish Insurrection. The show also looks at the often turbulent lives of Dutch migrant communities in Britain, and explores the shared literary heritage of the medieval trickster Reynard the Fox. Find out more from the Bodleian’s website.
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