Friday, November 26, 2004

Henry VIII's Talmud? -- episode 2

In the same issue of the 'JC", Jenny also has a rare interview with Jack Lunzer, the collector who assembled the library of the Valmadonna Trust - probably the world's most important privately-owned collection of Hebraica (books and mss). It includes the 'Westminster Talmud', reputedly ordered by Henry VIII to help him assemble arguments to permit him to divorce Catherine of Aragon. A selection of items from the library was exhibited last summer at Sotheby's in London, and we wrote about the story of Mr. Lunzer and his Talmud in Bloghead.

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