Vanessa Wilkie

Vanessa Wilkie
William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History
Department: Library

Dr. Vanessa Wilkie curates the Library's renowned collections of medieval manuscripts and British History. She earned her PhD in British history from the University of California at Riverside and was a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Redlands before coming to The Huntington in 2013. Wilkie has curated two exhibitions: "Magna Carta: Law & Legend" and "The Reformation: From the Word to the World". She also served on the advisory committee for the arts initiative /five. She has published on female editorial practices, patronage, and death rituals. Her forthcoming book A Woman of Influence: The Spectacular Rise of Alice Spencer in Tudor England (Atria/Simon & Schuster) will be available Spring 2023.

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Posted on Jul. 19, 2022
Detail of a letter by 5-year-old Mary “Molly” Leigh to her father, Theophilus Leigh, Master of Balliol College, Oxford, Dec. 21, 1736. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. In…
Posted on Jan. 13, 2021
This indenture, written in Latin on parchment, identifies the winning candidate in a local parliamentary election in March 1640. This top part of the manuscript was supposed to be filed in the…
Posted on Apr. 22, 2020
Image of William Henry Ireland, an engraving made in 1803. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. The term "fake news" now features prominently in our cultural lexicon. While…
Posted on Dec. 3, 2018
Illustration in a prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542–1587), Adoration of the Magi, Huntington Manuscript 1200, folio 67 verso. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and…
Posted on Dec. 13, 2017
The first page of the General Prologue in the Ellesmere Chaucer, ca. 1400 to 1410, a beautiful and elaborately decorated manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The Huntington Library,…
Posted on Dec. 19, 2016
Medieval manuscripts curator Vanessa Wilkie in Battle, England, standing with visitors from France dressed as Norman soldiers, at the commemoration of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Photo by Allan…
Posted on May. 31, 2016
This chart includes one of the earliest depictions of the New World. King-Hamy portolan chart, Italy, ca. 1502 (HM 45). The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. In the early…
Posted on Aug. 28, 2015
A.A. Milne’s King John stares at a row of Christmas cards he has sent himself in “King John’s Christmas,” from Now We Are Six, first edition, London, 1927. The Huntington Library, Art Collections,…
Posted on Aug. 4, 2015
The Huntington’s Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, open to the first lines of “The Tale of Melibee,” as seen through the Mirador viewer. Along the bottom of the screen, you can…
Posted on Jul. 21, 2015
This is a detail of an illuminated leaf that comes from one of The Huntington’s 15th-century manuscript copies of the 1225 Magna Carta. The text, like the title, is in Latin, so the page is simply…