Here be dragons

Dragons have played the role of bad guy in many a Western folk story or legend. They’ve been part of our literature and folklore as far back as we can remember (there’s one in Beowulf), and are still pervasive in …


Spain: José Ignacio Wert

Article by José Ignacio Wert Ortega, Spain’s Minister of Education, Culture and Sport: Towards 776, a monk called Beatus, perhaps the abbot of the San Toribio Monastery in Liébana, wrote a book titled Commentaries on the Apocalypse, which enjoyed extraordinary success over five …


Poland: Piotr Zuchowski

 Article by Piotr Zuchowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Poland: One of the most valuable masterpieces of the Polish culture available through Europeana is the St. Florian Psalter dated at the turn of the 14th and 15th …


Czech Republic: Alena Hanáková

Arti­cle by Alena Hanáková, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic: Velislav’s Bible (Velislai biblia picta): Czech “comics” from the mid 14th Century If there is a media that suits the current time best then it is neither a book nor …


Dead Sea Scrolls

Exactly 20 years ago, the oldest biblical manuscripts – the Dead Sea Scrolls – were made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library in the U.S. Their importance, both religious and historical, is immense. As …