John Martyn, head boy at Marlborough College and scholar at Cambridge, was promoted to a professorship at Melbourne University, and discovered an unknown manuscript, with 40 letters sent by Pope Gregory. After studying collections of his letters in England, Germany and Italy, none had its colored capital letters, or was free of mistakes, or mixed its capitals. Retiring in 2000, he became a Principal Fellow in the School of Historical Studies, buying a property on the Mornington Peninsula, writing books and reviewing many, giving occasional lectures at University and the Melbourne and Australian Clubs.
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Robert Manning is a brilliant and handsome Australian professor, who is excited about his research into an illuminated manuscript, containing Pope Gregory’s letters, copied in the tenth century and containing some unique and beautiful details.
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