Calligraphy, illumination, paper making, bookbinding, printing, and related sciences and arts
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 16:52
"Smack in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum, there’s a nugget of compressed light called Medieval Treasures From Hildesheim," begins a review of the new exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The review, by Holland Cotter, is from the Art & Design section of the New York Times.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-21 20:03
The 15th century Voynich manuscript may be considered "the world's most mysterious medieval manuscript," and quite possibly a hoax, but a new study by theoretical physicist Marcelo Montemurro, published in the journal Plus One, theorizes that the book has a "genuine message."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-14 20:12
Earlier in 2013, Islamic extremists destroyed more than 4,000 ancient manuscripts from the medieval African city of Timbuktu, nearly one-tenth of the ancient collection. Now experts hope they can find copies digitized before the destruction.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-08-30 13:12
In a recent interview in Odense, Denmark, Dean Starkman of Columbia Journalism Review spoke with Thomas Pettitt and Lars Ole Sauerberg, of the University of Southern Denmark, who authored the Gutenberg Parenthesis, a theory that the digital age is much like the medieval.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-08-26 06:30
Choosing a name for a pet can be a difficult process, especially for a history buff, but documents have left evidence that medieval people also put some thought into their pets' names such as Little Hammer for a dog and Nettle Gray for a cat. Smithsonian.com has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-08-19 18:02
On his blog, medieval book historian Erick Kwakkel discusses Protogothic script and how it transitioned from Caroline to Gothic, represented by a page from the Discorso di Leontio Artefice sopra la Sfera di Arato et Fabbrica di Quella. He also points readers to his book on the subject.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-08-19 15:30
Cainder ingen hui Chatharnaig, Trillium Principal Herald for the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that the proceedings for the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS), which took place the weekend of 28-30 June 2013 in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, are now available online.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-08-14 15:01
The Lindisfarne Gospels are a British national treasure and should be part of the national collection, says the British Library. The Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the North and dedicated to St Cuthbert. They belong in Durham, says the Northumbrian Association. Who will win?
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-08-11 19:52
Comic books are often scorned as inferior forms of literature, originating in 1930s American pulp culture, but Damien Kempf on Tumblr traces the art form back to the 12th century with the manuscript the Bible of Stephen Harding.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-08-06 18:24
A chance stroll through a Welsh woods has led to the discovery of a long-lost medieval artifact. A rare 9th or 10th century inscribed stone was spotted by archaeologists Nikki Vousden and Roderick Bale in a stream near St Sulien’s Church in Silian, Wales. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-08-01 13:40
In 1889, a librarian at the University of Bologna in Italy made a terrible mistake. He dated and labeled a scroll to the 17th century, but recent tests have placed the document in the 12th century, making it "the oldest complete text of the Torah known to exist." (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-08-01 08:36
Throughout time, children have struggled to learn to write the alphabet. On its blog Collation, the Folger Library presents examples of not only 16th and 17th century writing manuals, but actual copy books of English children. One can almost see the clenched teeth of concentration in their work.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-07-31 16:22
In 1957, when it was proposed, cataloging the thousands of “oriental” manuscripts scattered throughout Germany seemed an almost impossible feat, but the mammoth project may come to a successful end in 2022 if all goes well.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-07-31 11:19
Researchers have long been distressed by the illegibility of fragile ancient parchments, but new techniques developed by scientists at Cardiff University may help read the unreadable.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-07-29 16:02
Somewhere between 1013 and 1018, Godwine sold his swine pasture in Kent, England to Leofwine the Red for 40 pence and two pounds rent and an allowance of corn. How do we know this? The sale was recorded in the Godwine Charter, an "exceptionally rare" document which recently made its way home to the Canterbury Cathedral Archives.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-25 10:39
A letter from Charles V to Hernán Cortés, proclaiming him Governor of Mexico, has been found in the State Archive in Naples. The letter is one of the oldest sent to the New World.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-07-20 18:02
Until September 30, 2013, the Lindisfarne Gospels book will be on display in Durham University's Palace Green Library as the centerpiece of an exhibition of artifacts from Anglo-Saxon England. In conjunction with the exhibit will be performances and family activities.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-07-05 21:29
Who knows what people in the 14th century reador thought? MIT professor Arthur Bahr thinks he does.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-02 18:12
A year after the project's announcement, the firist digitized volumes of the Vatican Library are now available online. Experts began with the library's "most delicate" volumes, including "the Vatican’s 8,900 incunabula (books printed before 1501): the Sifra, a Hebrew manuscript written a millennia ago, a 4th century manuscript of the Greek Bible and the De Europa of Pope Pius II, printed around 1491."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-02 14:31
A copy of a previously unknown letter from Robert the Bruce to King Edward II has been discovered at the British Library. The letter, written in 1310 during the build-up to the Battle of Bannockburn, requests that Edward recognise Scottish independence and end persecution of its people. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-06-11 20:21
On the SCA Newcomers list, THLord Ian the Green offered information on the making of period ink by way of his blog Scribescribbling. He also offers documentation on recent ink-making experiences.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-05-16 09:21
A 14th century, hand-written copy of the Expositiones Vocabulorum Biblie has returned to its place of origin after surviving the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII in the 1530s. The parchment manuscript, which was created to help the nuns of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire study and understand the Bible, is now on display at the abbey thanks to the National Trust which purchased the document at auction. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-05-14 18:30
Somewhere in 14th century Croatia, a scribe must have had a few choice words for his pet cat after kitty left his little paw marks on the pages of the scholar's book. The discovery was made by Ph.D student Emir O. Filipović in the Dubrovnik State Archives. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-05-05 15:29
A rare document bearing the signature of Richard III before he was king was auctioned recently, bringing nearly UK£35,000. The document signed "R. Gloucestre" was written when the duke was in his twenties and involves a "land dispute between Ralph Neville, 2nd Earl of Westmorland, and some of his tenants."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-05-01 15:42
For years, Guernsey resident Hugh Lenfestey spent time collecting detailed local manorial records and creating a map of the island's fiefs. After his death, his family has donated his records, dating from the 15th century, to the Island Archive. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-04-14 18:34
The University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute has created Manuscripts Online which "brings to life early printed primary sources of medieval Britain, giving online access to written materials from the year 1000 to 1500 and allowing users to contribute to the collective body of knowledge on the subject for the first time."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-31 18:01
A manuscript chronicling the history of Reading Abbey is on display for the first time at the Berkshire Records Office in Reading, England. The manuscript, consisting of parchment folios bound into a book, was created in the 1340s, and was purchased from a private owner for UK£36,000.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-03-25 14:09
The Trinity College Library in Dublib, Ireland has announced that the Book of Kells is now available to view, thanks to the library's Digital Resources and Imaging Services. An iPad app of the book is also available.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-03-20 15:04
Aliskye, Scribe Armarius in the Kingdom of Caid, reports that photos of scrolls awarded at the 2013 Kingdom 12th Night are now available to view online. The photos are posted on the 12th Night website.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-03-19 05:58
The recent discovery of the Macclesfield Alphabet Book brought smiles to the lips of experts at the British Library. The 16th century 'model' or 'pattern' book was designed to display the skills of the illuminator for potential clients. (photos)