Cupid reigns at the Bodleian

The magic of Valentine's Day was felt recently at the Bodleian Library In Oxford, England with an exhibition celebrating "the stories of medieval romance and how they have influenced culture, literature and art over the last thousand years."

The exhibit, Romance of the Middle Ages, includes the earliest copy of the 12th-century French national epic The Song of Roland; a draft illustrated page from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings from 1946; and one of the most precious manuscripts of Middle English poetry, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which has been loaned from the British Library. To balance the romance, the library has also displayed, for the first time, Terry Jones’s own working copy of the screenplay for Monty Python and the Holy Grail from 1973.

Romance of the Middle Ages will continue until May 13, 2012.