Scribal Arts

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

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.

Period Arabic Calligraphy at LOC

The Library of Congress has published a collection of 355 sheets of Arabic calligraphy from the 9th-19th centuries on its website. The site features digital reproductions of the manuscripts along with background material.

"Print Clock" Technique May Change Dating Methods

Blair Hedges, a biology professor at Penn State, has discovered a new method to date printed materials. The "print clock" technique uses statistical formulas to analyze fades and page breaks.

Proceedings of the 2006 Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium Available

Barun Rory, Exchequer for the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, has announced that CDs of the Proceedings of the 2006 Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium are available for sale.

"The World of Chaucer" Online

A web version of The World of Chaucer: Medieval Books and Manuscripts is now available on the website of the University of Glasgow. The site includes reproductions of manuscripts from the exhibition catalog.

Website Offers Fifteenth Century English Patents of Arms

A website gives examples, both text and graphical, of English patents and grants of arms awarded in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Anglo-Norman Dictionary Online

The University of Wales Aberystwyth and the University of Wales Swansea have teamed up to produce an electronic edition of the Anglo-Norman Dictionary. Anglo-Norman is the language spoken throughout Britain between 1066 and the middle of the 15th century.

Border War XXIII

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Join us for our annual skirmish with our neighbors to the east, the Barony of Northwoods.

Site opens at noon on June 16 and closes at noon June 18

All campers must be off site by noon on Sunday. We appreciate your cooperation.

Three cabins on camp sites 7, 9, and 10 to benefit the Royal Travel Fund were auctioned off at a silent auction concluded at Coronation.

Please help contain the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer and do not bring your own firewood to Bertha Brock Park from Eastern Michigan (or other quarantined areas) to the park. Firewood is available for sale near the ball field. Split fire wood will be available near the maintenance building for a reasonable price. Location:
Canton of Rimsholt (Ionia, Michigan)

Today in the Middle Ages: May 11, 868

The earliest known printed book was created on May 11, 868 in China. The text was the Buddhist Diamond Sutra, a classic work of meditative Buddhism which stresses the importance of avoiding extremes of attachment.

Germanic National Museum to Display Medieval Collection

Teri Centner reports that the Germanic National Museum in Nurnburg, Germany will be opening the doors of its famed medieval collection for the first time in many years.

Atlantia Kingdom Heralds & Scribes Symposium

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Please join us for an all day extravaganza of classes and workshops to satisfy heralds and scribes of every level of experience! Bring your pens and paper, books and tabards and share in the wealth of knowledge that the Kingdom of Atlantia has to offer!

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Heraldic and Scribal classes will be held all day. A schedule of the classes is available on the website. Location:
Canton of Buckston on Eno (Durham, North Carolina)

Valuable Jewish and Arabic Documents to be Preserved

Cambridge University has received a grant of nearly half a million pounds to conserve and digitize its Genizah Collection of medieval Arabic and Jewish documents.

Shakespeare First Folio to be Auctioned

A rare, 17th century, calf-bound volume of the plays of William Shakespeare is scheduled to be auctioned in the summer of 2006 at Sotheby's sale of English Literature and History.