Scribal Arts

Calligraphy, illumination, paper making, bookbinding, printing, and related sciences and arts

Scribe creates reproduction playing cards

Ingvild reports that Lady Anne Claxton of Grimwith Shire in the Kingdom of An Tir has created a set of playing cards based on the only known complete set of playing cards from period times, a 15th century deck owned by The Cloisters in New York City.)

Undergraduates given access to rare books

Medievalists and students of rare books tingle at the thought of getting a close look - let alone actually touching - a period manuscript, but now history students at the University of Pennsylvania are getting the chance to do just that: touch the books.

Sotheby's auction catalogue offers delights

On December 8, 2008, Sotheby's Auction House in London will be auctioning a number of western and oriental manuscripts. A catalogue of the items with closeups and descriptions is available to view online.

Archimedes Palimpsest Project celebrates 10th anniversary

William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts for the Walters Art Museum, reports that the Archimedes Palimpsest Project has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The project was established to rediscover lost passages from the 13th century Byzantine prayerbook containing at seven treatises by Archimedes.

Ealdormere event photos online

Alexander reports that he has posted several albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.

Abbey Library of St. Gallen manuscripts to go online

Gwynedd reports that "One of the oldest and most valuable collections of handwritten medieval books in the world, housed in the magnificent baroque halls of the library in this town's abbey (St. Gallen, Switzerland), is going online with the help of a US$1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation."

"Manuscript sleuths" try to crack secrets of ancient Jewish books

Detective work comes in all forms, including those willing to intensely study ancient Jewish manuscripts looking for clues to the past. This work is chronicled in the recent novel People of the Book.

Dead Sea Scrolls come to the ROM in 2009

The Royal Ontario Museum has announced that it will bring sixteen of the Dead Sea Scrolls to Toronto for an exhibit which will run June 27, 2009, until Jan. 3, 2010.

[AET] Heralds' & Scribes' Collegium

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Oyez! Oyez! Attention all scribes and heralds of the noble Kingdom of AEthelmearc! The Shire of Misty Highlands is pleased to welcome you all to attend this winter's Heralds' & Scribes' Collegium. Many scribal arts and heraldic classes will be offered and opportunities for learning and sharing knowledge will abound.

If you would like to teach a scribal arts class, please contact Hrefna fru'ikona (Raven Fagelson) at hreafnN@yahoo.com. If you would like to teach a heraldry class, please contact Baron Fridrikr Tomasson, Keystone Herald (Tom Ireland-Delfs) at fridrikr@thescorre.org. Classes will be held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a lunch break at noon. Location:
Shire of Misty Highlands (Fairmont, West Virginia)

[NOR] Heralds' & Scribes' Symposium

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The Kingdom of Northshield's College of Heralds and The College of Scribes invite you to assemble on the first day of November, in the Shire of Coldedernhale, the town of Pierre, for the ... AS XLII Heralds' & Scribes' Symposium

All those who are currently scribes and heralds as well as those who wish to learn the arts are invited to this fair shire at the appointed hour. Our time together will be devoted to helping one another grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our crafts and to beautify our Kingdom with these practices. Location:
Shire of Coldedernhale (Pierre, South Dakota)

Early Buddhist paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

An exhibit of early Buddhist manuscript paintings from India, many on dried palm leaves, is being hosted by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm Leaf Tradition will be on display through March 22, 2009.

Hungarians still seek “Raven King's” library

Hungarians are still searching for their own "Holy Grail," the lost library of Matthias Corvinus, a 15th century king who assembled more than 50,000 hand-copied volumes of religious texts, war stories and biographies, only to have them stolen by raiding Turks.

[ART] Wee Bit 'O Scotland

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http://www.myscaphotos.com/2k8Scotland_Nov_15.html

This day will include the highland games, a heavy tournament, a rapier tournament, games and classes.

The armored tournament is Damsel in Distress, the rapier tournament is save the Damsel from the mystical creatures and the highland games will include the caber toss, the hammer toss and others surprises. Location:
Boise, Idaho (Arn Hold, Artemisia)

Royal books to be displayed in London

Over 100 illustrated books, previously owned by British monarchs, will go on display at the British Library in 2011. The manuscript exhibition will include "medieval and Renaissance books and other literary artefacts."

Queen Claude Prayer Book acquired by Morgan Library

Several months ago, the Morgan Library and Museum received a new treasure: the prayer book of Queen Claude of France, a contemporary of Anne Boleyn. Bound in red velvet, the book is smaller than a credit card and contains "fifty-two folios, painted front and back with a hundred and thirty-two miniature illuminations."

Codex Sinaiticus to be available online

The Codex Sinaiticus, a 1,600-year-old version of Bible, has been digitized and is being made available online. The manuscript is one of the oldest versions of the Bible.

"Heraldic Graphics" website created

Katrine Witan Runa has created a website for SCA Heralds to share graphics. The site is hosted by Yahoo Groups.

Magna Carta exhibit to help fund cathedral restoration

The Lincoln Magna Carta, a once forgotten original 1215 version of the document, will be placed on exhibit at the Fraunces Tavern Museum on Pearl Street in New York City for three months as part of a fund-raising effort by England's Lincoln Cathedral.

300 rare Jewish books returned to Israel from Iraq

300 rare Jewish books, confiscated from Iraq's Jewish community during the regime of Saddam Hussein, have been returned to Israel. The works included a 15th century commentary on the biblical Book of Job.

A Muromachi period Tale of Genji manuscript found in Tokyo

The discovery of a rare full set of chapters of the 11th century The Tale of Genji, believed to be the world's oldest novel, has been found in a private collection in Tokyo.

[OUT] Blackwater Keep's A Fun Day of A & S

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All hail citizens of the Outlands. The Shire of Blackwater Keep announces our annual A Fun Day of A & S event. We are returning to First United Methodist Church at Sycamore Avenue and 14th street in Clovis, NM.

Site opens at 8:00 am, classes begin at 9:30 am, and Site closes at 10:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1501 Sycomore Avenue, Clovis, NM 88101

The Autocrat of the Event is Location:
Shire of Blackwater Keep (Clovis, New Mexico)

Scribing hazardous to health of medieval monks

New research on the bones of monks interred in six Danish cemeteries shows that the brothers may have been exposed to toxic mercury while copying Biblical texts. Mercury was used in the preparation of red ink.

[AET] Scribes, Fighters & Fencers

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Oh My. What a combo. Scribes come and work on your current projects or learn from some of the Kingdom's finest scribes. In attendance will be Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, Mistress Kris Gilibari, THL Gianna di Auriolo to name a few. For the Fighters and Fencers we have some fun things planned. New fighters and fencers this is the last scheduled event where you can authorize for Pennsic. We will have the marshals available and the appropriate paperwork. Location:
Shire of Gryffyn's Keep (Murrysville, Pennsylvania)

Mercury found in bones of Danish monks

Researchers from several Danish universities have released a study of mercury levels found in the bones of monks interred in two medieval Danish cemeteries. The high levels of mercury have been attributed to the use of the metal as a medicine to treat such diseases as syphilis and leprosy or, in the case of the monks, from red ink used in the monasteries.

[ATL] Scribal Workshop

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The next scribal workshop will be held on Saturday June 14th from 11 am until 4 pm at my home in Hodges, SC. As usual, we will hold a workshop for the scribal arts.

Lucien will have fencing practice outside. This time we will also be hosting a SCA "Swap Meet". (Thanks to Bri and Marla who suggested this!) Bring out your unwanted or unneeded SCA gear, jewelry, pretty much anything and swap or sell it to a new home where it can get a new life! Finally, this is an Ordes weekend, so come prepared to enjoy the fare at our very own local English Pub. We attend in Garb, so pack accordingly! Location:
Hodges, South Carolina

[ATL] Runestone Collegium

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Runestone Collegium is going to be held on the beautiful campus of Winston-Salem State University near downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The day is dedicated to Arts and Sciences classes of all types. Full tracks of Heraldic and Scribal arts are planned. There will also be classes for fiber arts and garb. In case you aren’t interested in arts type classes, we will be hosting several classes about the Middle East with a few Viking offerings. There will be classes for fighters but not combat. Leave your armor at home. Your weapons are not necessary either. Location:
Canton of Crois Brigte (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

Atenveldt Spring 2008 Coronation photos and video

THLord Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted photos from the recent Cornation of Phelan and Amirah in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Scottish Parliament Archive launched

An online archive of the proceedings of the original Scottish Parliament from its first surviving act of 1235 to its dissolution in 1707 has been launched.

Iowa Digital Library celebrates 100,000th item with 13th century manuscript

A 13th century page from the workshop of William de Brailes was digitized and added to the Iowa Digital Library as its 100,000th item.

Rune calendar website

Looking for an interesting A&S project, fan of Nordic studies - or just seeking an interesting way to track time - then visit the Gangleri website for an article on Rune Calendars.