Scribal Arts

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

Free Library of Philadelphia introduces digital manuscript collection

The Free Library of Philadelphia has announced a new digital collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts available to be viewed on its website. The collection includes both complete manuscripts and single leaves with information about the work.

Haunted Bookshop

The Haunted Bookshop has been selling used and rare books since 1985 and are members of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association. They specialize in books on Medieval and Renaissance History, British Isles, Costuming and Textiles, Illumination, Art, and Architecture.

Plan of St. Gall online

A website has been created to showcase the Plan of St. Gall (Codex Sangallensis 1092), "the earliest preserved and most extraordinary visualization of a building complex produced in the Middle Ages."

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits 'Christ ist geboren' - illumination and yule

Since the first of December a new interesting exhibition is on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: Christ ist geboren - Prachthandschriften zum Weihnachtsfest. The exhibit runs until 14 January, 2007.

Twelfth Night Coronation

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The Barony of Dragon's Laire welcomes all to witness the Coronation of Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Sven Fallgr Gunnarsson and Signy Oksendahl, the Heirs to the Their Royal Majesties Amalric Blackhart and Caia Snowden as They take Their rightful places upon the Sable Throne of An Tir at the Twelfth Night Coronation, January 12-14, 2007.

In addition to welcoming the successors to the crown of An Tir, festivities will include: Location:
Barony of Dragon's Laire (Ocean Shores, Washington)

England's First Printed Page

A photography of an indulgence printed by William Caxton in 1476 is available to view on the website of the UK National Archives. The page was the first printed in England.

"From the Hands of Scribes" at the Sackler Gallery

On December 15-17, 2006, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution will present demonstrations by London-based calligrapher Satwinder Sehmi who will discuss "the world of the scribes who created the Bibles on view in the exhibition In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000."

Yule in the Highlands

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The Shire of Misty Highlands invites one and all to the Quiet Dell Community Center for a day of merriment and social gathering. Weather permitting heavy weapons, fencing, and thrown weapons will be taking place outside. If warmer indoor activities are more inviting to your palette, we'll be having a regional scriptorium, games, and a pot luck feast starting at 5pm. This is a time to get to know your neighbors, meet many new faces, and catch up with your old friends. Location:
Shire of Misty Highlands (Fairmont, West Virginia)

Calendar of Chivalry on sale in Caid

Benedictions: A Caidan Calendar of Chivalry and Sainthood debuted at Caid's Fall Coronation on Saturday, November 11, to much public acclaim.

Dragon's Scriptorium

Lady Bridget Greywolf announced on the Drachenwald mailing list that she has started a blog for the scribes of Drachenwald.

Missals on display at the Walters

"'For This Is My Body': The Medieval Missal" will be on display at the Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, through January 28.

Letter From Catherine of Aragon for Sale

A letter from Catherine of Aragon pleading for help to preserve her marriage to England's King Henry VIII will be offered at auction in New York in December.

Czech National Library to Digitize Rare Documents

A team of experts at the Czech National Library, housed in a converted Baroque monastery, is working to produce digitized copies of rare documents including medieval manuscripts. The digitalization technique developed for the project was so good that it has become the accepted standard for UNESCO.

Scriptorium 2006

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St. Luke’s Metropolitan Community Church, 1140 South MacDuff Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida (USA) 32205

Come one, come all ! Jean Duke of Berry has announced the commission of another Book of Hours for use at his ducal court. The famous Limbourg Brothers are looking for illuminators, calligraphers and bookbinders to add to their workshop. This is your chance ! Compete for a place in the workshop of the Limbourg Brothers and enjoy the splendor of a Burgundian Court learning more about the fine arts of calligraphy, illumination, bookbinding, heraldry and much more in many fun filled classes as well as plenty of youth activities.

Scriptorium 2006 also sees the premiere of the “Golden Quill” Competition – a chance for all illuminators and calligraphers of the realm and beyond to compete in the creation of a scroll with magnificent prizes for the first three !

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Shire of Castlemere (Jacksonville, Florida)

In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., in association with the Bodleian Library, will present In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000.

"Murthly Hours" Online

The National Library of Scotland has posted an online version of the Murthly Hours, a richly decorated manuscript written in Paris in the 13th century.

8th Century Moravian Parchment Discovered

Researchers working in a Benedictine monastery in Rajhrad, Czech Republic, have made an accidental - and priceless - discovery: a fragment of an 8th century CE document, one of the oldest in Moravia.

Castle Schola

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An exciting scribal and textile arts schola is being held at the newly constructed Branstetter-McCandless Castle at 755 Stonegate Road, Wexford, PA 15090 on November 4 from 10 am to 10 pm. Several of the classrooms will be in the castle towers or the Great Hall. A feast by Margaret MacFee will be served in the Great Hall and galleries. Great Hall seating will be available for on-board only.

Fees are on board Location:
Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (Wexford, Pennsylvania)

Heraldry: Alive and Well in the U.S. Army

Think heraldry is an activity for creaky, old SCAdians in dusty libraries? Think again. The United States Army has The Quartermaster Heraldic Section and the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry.

A website with examples of military heraldry and a history of heraldry in the American Army is available to view online.

Image Analysis in Dating Historic Books

S. Blair Hedges of the Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, has published a paper on the use of image analysis for dating early books and print.

Medieval Medical Images Library

The University of California at Los Angeles has published an Index of Medieval Medical Images which includes period depictions of medical procedures up until the year 1500.

13th Century Letters Returned to Poland

A collection of Papal letters, written as far back as the 13th century and discovered among the belongings of a Wisconsin WWII vet, have been returned to their proper owner: the Polish State Archives.

Vellum & Parchment Makers' List Created

Sir Aengus MacBain of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc has created a discussion list for parchment and vellum makers

New exhibit on Renaissance landscapes at the Getty

Landscape in the Renaissance will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, through October 15.

Movie Posters in Medieval Russian Style

Brush up on your Russian! A website has posted a collection of modern movie posters done in the manner of medieval woodcuts.

Project Gutenberg Releases Heraldry Manual

It's out of the SCA time period, but Project Gutenberg, which is a free, digitized collection of books, has posted a copy of The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition published in the mid 19th century.

England's Doomsday Book Online

The British National Archives has an entire section of their website devoted to the Doomsday Book including downloadable images.

Scientists Hope to Uncover Secrets of Prayerbook

A team of scientists is using X-ray techniques to try to decipher the text hidden beneath a 13th century Christian prayerbook. They believe that underneath the prayers is a lost original work by the Greek mathematician Archimedes

New exhibit of medieval German manuscripts opens at the Walters

"Schatzkammer: Henry Walters' German Manuscripts" will be on display at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, through October 29.

Backhoe Operator Finds Ancient Text

As reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 26 July 2006: Irish archaeologists on Tuesday heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms, found by a construction worker who spotted something while driving the shovel of his backhoe into a bog.