Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cambridge Library Online Exhibit - Dominican Books

The Library at the University of Cambridge has an online exhibit of Dominican books from their collection, entitled "A Pipeline From Heaven - 800 Years Of Dominican Books".  As the introduction page explains, the term "pipeline from heaven" is a quote from Humbert de Romans Commentary on the Rule of St. Augustine, wherein he is describing the attitude of the friars toward their books.

There are numerous pictures of some old Dominican breviaries and missals, which may interest readers of this blog.  Of particular note is the beautiful illustrations and illuminations that graced the pages of these magnificent volumes.

The exhibit is available here.


  1. Thanks DT. Interesting but some nonsense there too.
    ..."French Dominicans were then at the forefront of renewing the wider Catholic Church in the twentieth century as it came to terms with a new political order and the theological challenges posed by Protestant biblical scholarship, Church history, post-Kantian philosophy, and the rise of the social sciences. Much that would be affirmed at the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) or in its aftermath had earlier been championed by men such as Marie-Joseph Lagrange, Marie-Dominique Chenu, and Yves Congar."

    All modernists. Renewal my foot!

    1. Hi Stephen...yes, I saw the same thing. Funny how none of the works of the French Dominican Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange were mentioned. Still, it is a worthy exhibit if for no other reason than to see the beautiful texts that they are making available online.


  2. I agree, for no other reason, it is a worthy exhibit. I just choked at the commentary on their site. Sorry about my initial post, something went wrong with the formatting.