Scribal Arts

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

New gallery at The Walters focuses on legal documents

The Walters Art Museum, in Baltimore, Maryland, will exhibit 17 books and manuscripts from the 12th-15th centuries from the museum's collection at "The Art of Law," a manuscript gallery focus show, through April 9.

6th Century Seal Bears Image of Christ

A seal bearing what is thought to be an image of Christ and a cross has been unearthed in Tiberias, Israel. The seal has been dated to the 6th century.

Medieval Gastronomy

View the history of dining in the Middle Ages through beautifully-illustrated miniatures.

"Islamic Manuscripts from Mali" Online

Judith of Troll Fen reports that the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress has released Islamic Manuscripts from Mali as part of its Global Gateway collection. The collection is available online.

First Medieval Manuscript Digitized at Manasija Monastery

The Blago Fund team made a tour of the Manasija monastery where they paid a visit to the monastery library and were acquainted with the precious cultural heritage lying there.

DNA to Help Find Origin of "Christmas"

Telecommunications engineer and genealogist Henry Christmas hopes that DNA will help him discover the single ancestor with the surname "Christmas."

Scribes' Tea at Estrella

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Autocrat for Estrella War XXII, has announced that this year's War will feature a Scribes' Tea.

Are you feeling funny? Medieval humor

Aoife's Links this week brings us a fine cure for the Wintertime Blues, with links full of the humor (not the humours) of the Middle Ages.

Silent Letters "Ghosts of Linguistic History"

Silent letters embedded in English words have long been the hobgoblin of non-native English speakers. In an article for the Hartford Courant, writer Rob Kyff explores the history and meaning of the lurking consonants.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Ancient and Modern

The sparkling, new library in Alexandria, Egypt has an enormous reputation to live up to. The original, built by Alexander's general Ptolemy I Soter, became known as the greatest library in the world.

Northshield Photo Albums Cover Recent Events

A number of new photo albums have been posted on Yehudah Nagid ben Yitzhakthe's Unofficial Northshield Photo Gallery, including pictures taken at the Medieval Religions Symposium and Northshield Crown.

Northshield Gift to Gleann Abhann

In a show of friendship from the second newest Kingdom in the SCA to the newest, the Kingdom of Northshield presented 300 scroll blanks, created by Northshield scribes, to Their Majesties of Gleann Abhann.

"Splendor of the Word" Captures a Fading World

The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, a new exhibit, is the first in the library's history to showcase the organization's massive holdings of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

Iona II

Archaeologists working in Scotland believe they have found the site of a second monastery founded in the 6th century by St. Columba, founder of Iona.

Italian Renaissance manuscripts on display at the Walters

"Dressed in Gold: Books of the Italian Renaissance" is on display at the Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, through January 8.

New exhibit on books of hours at the Getty

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has two new exhibits on medieval books of hours on display. "Painted Prayers: Books of Hours from the Morgan Library" and "A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII" will both run through January 8.

A Fine Hand: Beginners' Scribal Workbox

The SCA is home to some of the finest calligraphers and illuminators around, but there are still plenty of us who know little of this very important and useful medieval art. Dame Aoife wants to help, and offers this edition of Aoife's Links devoted to scribal arts for beginners.

16th century manuscript from India featured in exhibit at the Met

"Pearls of the Parrot of India: The Emperor Akbar's Illustrated Khamsa, 1597–98" will be on display at the Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries for the Arts of South and Southeast Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 12.

Medieval African Manuscripts on Display

A collection of 16 manuscripts from medieval Timbuktu will go on display in Johannesburg, South Africa this month for the first time. The works are part of a 30,000 manuscript discovery from the city which was founded in the year 1100.

Scriptorium

Come one, come all and enjoy a day at the abbey 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.

Manuscripta Conference at Saint Louis University

On October 14-15, 2005, Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, will host a two-day medieval manuscript conference featuring speakers from all over the world.

Italian illuminations from the Getty now on display at the National Gallery of Art

"Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through January 2.

Book of Hours For Sale on eBay

Anyone with a few extra thousand dollars may want to bid on a 15th century book of hours up for auction on eBay.

Joys of Modern Medieval Life

This is the personal artwork of Malin Nilsson Norén (aka Gro Torstensdotter). She spent "too many years" recreating the middle ages and collected some of the special moments in these illuminations and pictures. Some of it in modern drawing style, some of it in Maciejowskij Bible style.

Paleography

The National Archives has an online tutorial on Palaeography, the science of reading old handwriting.

Rare copy of the first printed Slavic Bible discovered in Germany

A belorussian Bible dating back to the time of the Reformation has been found in Germany.

Medieval Russian Texts Rated "R"

Archaeologists were recently surprised to find several pieces of birch bark near Veliky Novgorod in northwestern Russia inscribed with profanity.

European Festival Documentation Digitized

The British Library has made over 250 books documenting European festivals and cermonies from 1475 to 1700 available online.

Exhibit on medieval illuminated manuscripts opens at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge University Library

"The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West," featuring over 200 illuminated manuscripts dating from the sixth to the sixteenth centuries, will be on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge University Library through December 11.

Rose & Crowne

The Rose & Crowne features fine Renaissance clothing such as bodices, chemises, tunics, capes, cloaks, mantles, and more. Handmade, leather blank journals and hard bound books are perfect for the minstrel and the cook in which to keep all your creations. They also offer their own line of cooking spices and herbs, many of them organically grown.