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A most beautiful bible

Just in time for Christmas, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosts “The Winchester Bible: a Masterpiece of Medieval Art” (until 9 March 2015), an exhibition of illuminated pages from the famed medieval bible, which was written by a single scribe and illustrated by a group of painters over the course of 30 years in the 1100s. Commissioned around 1160 by the Bishop of Winchester, Henry of Blois, the multi-volume tome is currently on tour while the cathedral at Winchester undergoes renovation. The Metropolitan museum show includes two volumes of the book, and one of the volume’s pages will be turned once a month for the duration of the exhibition. In this clip, the actor John Rhys-Davies, who played Henry of Blois in “Chronicles of Light,” discusses the bible.