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The opening words of Beowulf, beginning "Hwæt" ("Listen!"): The manuscript of Beowulf, the greatest poem in the Old English language, can now be viewed online for the first time. Made around the year 1000, most likely during the reign of King Æthelred the Unready (978-1016), this manuscript committed to parchment a tale that (in some modern scholars' opinions) had been passed down for centuries, between generations of storytellers.

Hands off! by katiedaisy, via Flickr

The actual size, of a miniature manuscript book, written with a sharp eye and a steady hand and stitched together in 1830 by Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855).

Reading a book is like...

San Jorge y el Dragón. Libro de Horas de Isabel I de Castilla. British Library.

From the Social Science blog post 'Historic Heston at the British Library'. Image:The Cook’s and Confectioner’s Dictionary, or, the Accomplish’d Housewife’s Companion. John Nott, London, 1723

Hand Lettered Envelopes

'Inside British Intelligence - 100 years of history of MI5 and MI6' by Gordon Thomas - Download a free ebook sample and give it a try! Don't forget to share it, too.