2017 Talks

The Nuremburg Chronicle

Image courtesy Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham.


Thursday, 16 March 2017


13:00 – 14:00


Bramall Music Building, Elgar Concert Hall (R12 on campus map)


Free, booking essential.

As we move towards the 500th anniversary of the start of the Lutheran Reformation in October 2017, what better time than to look at a notable example of the early print culture at the heart of that movement?  This lecture is the third in a series relating to the new University Library’s Inspiring Knowledge exhibition and will focus on the Book of Chronicles, more popularly known as the Nuremberg Chronicle, first published in 1493 in the German city from which it took its name.

The Chronicle was a late fifteenth century attempt to produce an illustrated history of the world, covering the Creation through to the life of Christ and ending with reflections on the likely end of time. It holds a place of deep significance in the history of print for its sheer scope, integration of text with hundreds of lavish illustrations, and for its representation of the vibrancy of northern European humanism and the apocalypticism of the age.

The Nuremberg Chronicle is one of the treasures of the University’s Cadbury Research Library: this lecture by Dr Elaine Fulton will throw light on its significance, both in its own day and as the valuable artefact that it is today.

Presented by Cadbury Research Library in partnership with Arts & Science Festival.