For the good of the soul and the body. Medieval book treasures from Bavarian libraries

29 November 2018, 18:30
Dr. Bettina Wagner
Lecture accompanying the exhibition "Gott, die Welt und Bayern"

Dr. Bettina Wagner | © Foto: privat

Dr. Bettina Wagner | © Foto: privat

Poster of the exhibition "God, the World and Bavaria", detail | © BSB

About the lecture

Up to the invention of book printing in the 15th century, most books were produced in the scriptoria of monasteries. Manuscripts spread the word of God, but also passed down worldly literature. The "Lorscher Arzneibuch", a medical manuscript from the time of Charlemagne, already raises the question of whether faith and knowledge, God and the world are reconcilable. Dr. Bettina Wagner (Bamberg) presents a selection of medieval manuscripts and incunabula from all over Bavaria.

About the exhibition

Titled "Gott, die Welt und Bayern", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents one hundred highlights of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria in its treasure vaults from 17 October 2018 to 7 July 2019. Up to 13 January 2019, the first part of the tripartite exhibition series shows valuable medieval manuscripts and printed works up to the time of the Reformation, among them the famous World Chronicle of Hartmann Schedel or the so-called "Lorscher Arzneibuch", which forms part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Further information about the exhibition

Information overview

Date29 November 2018, 18:30
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal, 1st floor
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 58/ 68/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
RegistrationPlease register by e-mail to
or by calling +49 89 28638-2115 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 14:00)
AdmissionAdmission is free.
FlyerDownload of the event flyer  (PDF, 1.6 MB)