Scribal Arts

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

Ren Rats - An online comic strip

Ren Rats is a comic strip updated three days a week online. It centers around the adventures (and misadventures) of eight Medieval re-enactors and the organization to which they belong, the Kutztown University Medieval-Renaissance Club.

Pages from the Past

The state of South Carolina's institutional libraries have banded together to create a website containing the digitized images of over 100 medieval manuscripts, including eight nearly complete codices. The site is searchable by country, century, and also content.

Elis Gruffudd's chronicle of England and Wales online

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has created a digitized version of Elis Gruffudd's 16th century chronicle on the history of England and Wales. The document covers 1066 through 1552.

Da Vinci Code meets the Koran

The Internet is alive recently with reports that a secret cache of Islamic texts disputing the origins of the Koran has resurfaced after 60 years of suppression.

“People of the Book" filled with "danger, oppression and high drama"

In a review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin discusses People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a novel about book preservation that revolves around the discovery of a medieval Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which describes the Jewish Passover Seder.

Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex Atlanticus" in jeopardy

The Codex Atlanticus, "the largest collection of drawings and writings by the Renaissance master" Leonardo da Vinci, may have suffered extensive damage due to mold.

Islamic calligraphy at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas) will host Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900 and Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur´an through February 3, 2008.

"The Medieval Imagination" at the State Library of Victoria

State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia will present The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand from 28 March - 15 June 2008.

Magna Carta sale brings more than US$21.3 million

An early copy of the Magna Carta, sold recently at auction, has brought over US$21 million. The documents was purchased by David Rubinstein, a founder of the Carlyle Group.

Tabula Peutingeriana, last surviving roadmap of Roman roads

Oriented east to west instead of north to south, the Tabula Peutingeriana, a seven-meter-long parchment scroll, records the network of roads of the late Roman Empire. From Spain to India, the map elongates the continents and reduces the Mediterranean Sea to a squiggle, but is the earliest known map of Roman roads.

An Introduction to Old English Language and Writing

Professor Edwin Duncan of Towson University has produced a nine-minute flash presentation on the reading and pronunciation of Old English.

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium 2008: Call for Papers

Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Albion Herald of Drachenwald, has announced the call for papers for the 2008 Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium which will be hosted by the Shire of Thamesreach 5 - 7 September, 2008

Illuminated manuscripts at Phoenix Art Museum

Lady Sigrid Finnsdottir reports that the Phoenix Art Museum will host three exhibits dealing with illuminated manuscripts from December 11, 2007 until March 9, 2008.

Illuminating the page

The British Library has created and posted a short video entitled Illuminating the page: How to make a sacred text.

Download hi-res research photos from the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London now allows you to browse and download high-resolution photos of their collections for free.

Quran from 1203 Sells at Christie's

A Quran, believed to be the oldest complete copy, circa 1203 C.E., was offered for sale through the Hispanic Society of America and sold to traders in London.

Russian birchbark manuscripts online

Researchers from the Novgorod Museum Reserve are in the process of translating ancient Russian manuscripts written on birchbark in Old Slavonic and posting the translations online. (photo)

Medieval Latin tutorial

The English National Archives has created a website to teach medieval Latin through a series of fun activities and lessons. The tutorial is aimed at teaching the Latin used to create documents written between 1086 and 1733.

Ye Olde Searche Engine

If you seek answers to your medieval research questions, mayhap you should seek out Google - medieval style

CAPTCHA used to help decipher manuscripts

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that an anti-spam tool called CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) can be used to help computers read hand-written manuscripts.

Bloggers compared to the printing press

In the blog Cabinet of Wonders, Heather McDougal compares the free discussion of bloggers to the dissemination of information after the creation of the printing press.

Sotheby's to host auction of Islamic art

On October 24, 2007, Sotheby's Auction House will hold an auction of Islamic art, carpets, textiles and more, many items dating to the Middle Ages. (photos)

Medieval music manuscripts online

Genevieve la flechiere, of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, reports the discovery of a blog (mainly in French) dedicated to medieval illuminated manuscripts and, in particular, music manscripts.

[AET] Aethelmearc Heralds & Scribes Symposium

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The Aethelmearc Heralds & Scribes Symposium will be held on January 26, 2008, in Sterlyng Vayle (Binghamton, NY)(www.sterlyngevayle.org).

We are looking for teachers in both heraldry & scribal arts for this event.

Please contact me (fridrikr@thescorre.org) if you desire to teach at the Symposium. Even if you have already contacted me, please do so again! Location:
Sterlyng Vayle (Binghamton, New York)

Dutch medieval manuscripts online

The Koninklijke Bibiliotheek, under the guidance of Jos Biemans, Special Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, has created a website to house and make accessible over 6000 medieval manuscripts currently in the Netherlands.

Magna Carta to be auctioned

A rare copy of the Magna Carta could bring as much as US$30 million when it is auctioned in New York by Sotheby's in December 2007. The 1297 copy is one of only 20 reissued by King Edward I.

"Devil's Bible" goes home to Prague

After 359 years in Stockholm, the Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil's Bible, has been returned to the Czech National Library in Prague for an exhibition. The book was supposedly written 800 years ago with the help of the devil.

Timbuktu treasures continue to dazzle experts

The recent discovery of ancient books stored for centuries in leather trunks beneath the dry streets of Timbuktu has many scholars excited. A project to collect many of the books into a world class resource library is now being funded by contributions from around the world.

Luttrell Psalter film project

WAG Screen is creating a film based on the Luttrell Psalter, an illuminated manuscript from 14th century Lincolnshire. The film will combine images from the manuscript with live actors to produce a work which will be shown at The Collection, Lincoln’s new museum.

Lochac artist displays period portraiture

Mistress Katherine Ayshford of the Barony of Mordenvale in the Kingdom of Lochac has posted photos of her amazing miniatures on her LiveJournal website. The works of art include period style portraiture of some early royalty and peers of the Kingdom of Lochac.