CLAS Honoured Fellows

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown was for many years the Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, where she remains as a part-time project officer. She is also Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies and Tutor to the History of the Book MA at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she also directs a number of summer schools (London Rare Book School and the Palaeography Summer Schools) and was until recently a Lay Canon and member of Chapter at St Paul's Cathedral. She has curated several major exhibitions, including 'Painted Labyrinth: the World of the Lindisfarne Gospels' (British Library, 2003) and 'In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000' (Smithsonian Inst., Washington DC, 2006-7).

She has lectured, published and broadcast widely on medieval manuscripts, history and Christian culture, catering for a wide range of audiences. Her books include:


  • The Book of Cerne: Prayer, Patronage and Power in Ninth-Century England
  • The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe
  • The Luttrell Psalter
  • The Holkham Bible Picture Book
  • Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age
  • Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts
  • Pagans and Priests: the Coming of Christianity to Britain and Ireland
  • The Lion Companion to Christian Art
  • The British Library Source-Book for Scribes (with Patricia Lovett)

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