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A detail from MS Peterhouse 75.I

We are pleased to invite the Friends of Cambridge University Library to join us for a summer evening at the Library, with a talk and Q&A with Dr Seb Falk (University of Cambridge), followed by a drinks reception.

Image above: Detail of 74r from Equatorie of the Planetis (MS Peterhouse 75.I), reproduced with permission from Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

The Light Ages: Monks, Manuscripts and Medieval Science

The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, the first eyeglasses and the first mechanical clocks as medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky.Challenging our preconceptions of the period, Dr Falk will discuss some of the remarkable scientific and philosophical advances of the Middle Ages.The lecture will be uploaded online exclusively for Friends following the event for those not able to join us in-person.

Dr Seb Falk is a historian of medieval science and medicine at the University of Cambridge. His first book, The Light Ages, was chosen as a Book of the Year by The Times, Daily Telegraph, TLS, and BBC History Magazine.


If you would like to attend, please email Seats are available individually or in pairs, and we will reply to confirm your tickets. We will keep a waitlist for cancellations or in the event we can add further seating, so please let us know if you can no longer attend. 


In line with University guidelines, masks will need to be worn indoors, and we will be maintaining social distancing at 2m. This is to protect you and others, and also to ensure the safety of our staff and our ability to provide in-person library services. Updated safety information will be circulated to you beforehand should this change, and we do ask that you follow this.