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CHARLES MELVILLE

Interview with a Fellow: Illustrating History

Professor Charles Melville has been a Fellow at Pembroke since 1985, and is currently Professor of Persian history. In a two-part series he discusses his work with illustrated manuscripts, in which he explores the ways that history is written, visualised, and transmitted through time. The illustration of Persian manuscripts is the subject of the Shahnama Project, a comprehensive collection of the manuscripts of the Shahnama, the Persian epic ‘Book of…

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This day in history: 19th May

Pembroke, since its founding in 1347, has experienced a good deal of the ups, downs, and unexpected twists of history.   Here’s some of what happened on this day in history.     Catherine of Aragon is married: 1499 Catherine of Aragon was married by proxy on this day in 1499 to Arthur, Prince of Wales.  He was dead only six months later.  She was betrothed instead to his younger brother, Henry, and upon his coronation married him and became Queen of England.  She was gifted Fotheringhay Castle and went to some expense in restoring it.  When her marriage to Henry was annulled after considerable effort on the part of Henry,…

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Bradford John (c 1510-1555)

Pembroke and the Reformation

Guest blog by Jonathan Reimer Nearly five hundred years ago, in October 1517, a professor at the little-known University of Wittenberg sparked an explosive debate about the nature and meaning…

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