"Williams' latest book will become a landmark where Western apocalyptic tradition is concerned, as well as a reference monograph for specialists in medieval art, manuscript studies, book illumination, and medieval Iberia and Spanish history." - Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Volume 42 | Issue 2, Alicia Miguélez Cavero, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
This is the first study to bring together all twenty-nine extant copies of the medieval Commentary on the Apocalypse, which was originally written by Spanish monk Beatus of Liébana. John Williams, a renowned expert on the Commentary, shares a lifetime of study and offers new insights on these strikingly illustrated manuscripts. As he shows, the Commentary responded to differing monastic needs within the shifting context of the Middle Ages. Of special interest is a discussion of the recently discovered Geneva copy: one of only three commentaries to be written outside of the Iberian Peninsula, this manuscript shows both close affinities to the Spanish model and fascinating deviations from it in terms of its script and style of illustrations.