Scribal Arts

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

13th century Aberdeen Bestiary on display

The Aberdeen Bestiary, a 13th century illustrated book of animals, will be on display at Aberdeen University for the first time. The book, which once belonged Henry VIII, has been in the care of the university for nearly four centuries. (photos)

Medieval Scribal Complaints about Working Conditions

Ever wonder what the medieval scribe thought about while laboriously copying manuscript after manuscript?  "New parchment, bad ink; I say nothing more," wrote one in the margins. "I am very cold," complained another.

Using science to read the Archimedes palimpsest

In a TEDTalks video on YouTube, ancient books curator William Noel discusses "the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others." (video)

British Library successful in purchase of St Cuthbert's Gospel

In 2010, the British Library began its quest to own the St Cuthbert Gospel, a manuscript discovered in 1104 when the saint's coffin was opened after a Viking raid. The book was finally acquired from the Society of Jesus (British Province), or Jesuits, for UK£9m.

"Absolutely fantastic" digitization project by Oxford and Vatican libraries funded

A US$3.17 million , four-year project, funded by the Polonsky Foundation, will make available for the first time materials from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford.

Welsh manuscript to go up for auction

A very rare 14th century manuscript written in medieval Welsh will be put up for sale by Southeby's auction house. The manuscript is only one of two medieval Welsh documents known outside of the UK.

Sribes of the Known World Pennsic Gathering

The Kingdom of Æthelmearc is proud to host the Known World Scribal Gathering at Pensic 41. The Scribes of the Knowne World are hereby invited to a get-together hosted by the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Bring your portfolios to share.

The Gathering will be held in Æthelmearc Royal on Monday, August 6th, 2012 from 3pm-5pm.

Photos of silk banner making class in Northshield

Sara reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Silk Banner Class taught by HSH Luce Tolle at the recent Stellar University of Northshield (SUN).

Rare black-tinted Flemish manuscripts online

In the second half of the 15th century, the noble families of Burgundy were privileged to enjoy illuminated books with black tinted pages, scribed with gold and silver script. Examples of these rare and magnificent manuscripts may be viewed on artist Daniel Mitsui's blog, The Lion & the Cardinal.

[EAS] All Things Scribal

The people of the Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant are pleased to offer a day of classes dedicated to ALL THINGS SCRIBAL. The day will offer a range of classes ranging from basic introductions to more advanced tips and tricks for experts.

British Library announces plan to digitize Persian documents

The PARSA Community Foundation is teaming up with the British Library and others to provide online access to the Library's 11,000 Iranian manuscripts, one of the largest and best known in the world. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

1000 years of London's records in new book

A new book by David Pearson looks at 1000 years of records for the city of London. London 1000 Years: Treasures from the Collections of the City of London is reviewed by Paul Lay on the History Today website.

"Twelve Knights of Atlantia" online

Lady Merwenna de Rannowe reports that the Twelve Knights of Atlantia, an illuminated book commissioned by Duchess Seonaid, with original poetry by Maitresse Maaline Renard and illuminated by Lady Merwenna, is now available to view online.

Byzantine exhibit showcased on History Today website

The May 2012 issue of History Today features a slideshow from a major exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. The exhibit runs through July 8, 2012.

Research reveals Middle Ages' dirtiest books

New research by experts at St Andrews University in Scotland reveals the reading habits of medieval people by determining accumulations of dirt on each page.

Fighting threatens historic Timbuktu

Fighting following a military junta in northern Mali is threatening the historic architectural and cultural center of Timbuktu, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. The city's 60 private libraries are a repository for over 700,000 ancient Islamic manuscripts.

King James Bible featured at Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas

The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford are sponsoring the exibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence February 28 - July 29, 2012 at the Harry Ransom Center of the university of Texas in Austin.

Lochac website showcases work of Kingdom scribes

The Provost of Scribes for the Kingdom of Lochac, Caristiona nic Beathain, reports that new content has been placed on the Lochac College of Scribes website, showcasing the marvelous work of the Kingdom's calligraphers and illuminators.

Medieval Estonian documents go online

The oldest written documents in Estonia are now online thanks to a joint project between the Estonian State Archives and the Estonian History Museum. The oldest documents data from the mid 13th century.

Illuminated treasures from the British Library on YouTube

In a six-part video series available on YouTube, Dr Janina Ramirez "unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal."

Cupid reigns at the Bodleian

The magic of Valentine's Day was felt recently at the Bodleian Library In Oxford, England with an exhibition celebrating "the stories of medieval romance and how they have influenced culture, literature and art over the last thousand years."

Website devoted to the study of Cyrillic and Glagolitic manuscripts

The Special Commission on the Computer-Supported Processing of Mediæval Slavonic Manuscripts and Early Printed Books has created a website to faciliate the study of Cyrillic and Glagolitic manuscripts and early printed books.

[NOR] SUN / Heralds & Scribes Symposium

The Canton of Nordleigh, the Northshield College of Heralds and the SUN Chancellor cordially invite you to attend the summer session of the Stellar University of Northshield, in association with the Heralds & Scribes Symposium!

U.S. Magna Carta to return to display

On February 17, 2012, the only medieval copy of the Magna Carta in the United States will return to display in the National Archives. The copy was purchased by philanthropist David Rubenstein in 2007 and is on long-term loan at the museum.

Medieval treasures at Denison University

Denison University, a small college in Granville, Ohio, houses a surprisingly large collection of rare books and documents. Its holdings include a book of Psalms from 1492 and a treatise on alchemy written by a Franciscan monk in 1350.

[GLE] Spring Coronation of Uther and Kenna

Garb yourselves in black, red, and white, and gather one and all to bear witness to the Coronation of Uther and Kenna, Heirs to the Ram Throne of Gleann Abhann!

Vatican archive preserves missionary documents

A video from the series Rome Reports, posted on YouTube, describes objects contained in the Vatican's archive of documents and artifacts kept and sent by missionaries from 1622 until modern times. (video)

Lux in Arcana: Vatican secret documents displayed

Rome’s Capitoline Museums are offering the chance for scholars to view formerly secret and historic Vatican documents never before seen outside of the Holy See. The exhibition runs February - September 2012.

[CAL] Bellewoode Heraldic and Dance Symposium

The Bellewoode Symposium will take place March 31-April 1, 2012 in Kirkwood, Missouri.

“The more period it is, the more fun you have” in Harrowgate Heath

“If you work at it, you never grow out of this hobby,” said Lady Morag Taylor, known in the modern world as Christine Brewer, about the SCA, during an interview with Kathryn Burnham of the Cornwall (Ontario) Standard Freeholder.