Join Laura Hinrichsen as she walks us through her fascinating new research, reconstructing the great libraries of 16th century Tunis, once thought completely lost, by hunting down fragments scattered across the world. Listen as she explores the great conquest that destroyed these libraries, the sort of things you could read there, and the clever ways we might go about finding the contents of lost historic libraries.

Laura Hinrichsen recently completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford, UK, before moving back to Germany for several roles in curatorship and research. Her upcoming book brings together around 200 manuscripts from over 30 library collections worldwide – it retrieves from oblivion an important piece of North African manuscript culture, and rescues a seemingly irretrievable treasure of knowledge.