Scribal Arts

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

[OUT] Fall Day Melees

Greetings, all good gentles, and be of good cheer for the Fourth Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is here! Come relive the Spanish Renaissance on September 17 and 18, 2011, at the historical Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum with grounds, buildings, and history circa the early 1700s!

SCA: "We play very, very hard"

History came alive recently at the El Paso Museum of History when members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism hosted a living history event featuring combat, calligraphy and poetry. (photo) David Burge of the El Paso Times has the story.

British Library raising funds to buy St. Cuthbert Gospel

The British Library has begun a fund-raising campaign to purchase the 7th century St. Cuthbert Gospel from the British branch of the Society of Jesus. The small book, with its tooled leather cover, was discovered when the coffin of the Saint was opened in the 12th century. (photos)

Proportional Lime Type Foundry

Proportional Lime Type Foundry issues a line of electronic fonts, based on historical exemplars, suitable for print and web use. The historical period fonts offered at reasonable prices are excellent reproductions of the originals with added functionality such as extended punctuation and characters for modern use.

Walters Art Museum features digitized Islamic manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland has begun a project to digitize its collection of Islamic manuscripts. A gallery of images, including covers and bindings, is available on the museum's website.

Medieval meets modern in artist's paintings

Lillias reports that Chum McLeod, an artist from Barrie, Ontario, has created a blog featuring illuminated capitals blending modern watercolor techniques with familiar medieval designs.

Over 100 illuminated books auctioned by Sotheby's

Over one hundred medieval manuscripts and miniatures from the Bergendal Collection were auctioned July 5, 2011 at Sotheby's Auction House. The manuscripts include 22 pre-thirteenth century books. (photos)

12th century manuscript missing from Spanish cathedral

Pilgrims to the cathedral Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain might have been guided there by the Codex Calixtinus, a 12th century guidebook which has mysteriously disappeared from the church.

[ANS] Ansteorran Heraldic and Scribal Symposium

The Barony of Bordermarch is honored to host the Ansteorran Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, in the heart of Beaumont, Texas on the southeastern Texas border, just across from Gleann Abhann!

[WES] Baroness’ Champion

Come ye to honor Selviergard's Baroness. She has asked that all fighters answer Her call to a "bear pit" style tournament that will be held to determine Her Champion.

TE Septentria Percival & Christiana's Memory Book

THL Asa Gormsdottir requests those with memories and comments of the Baronial reign of Percival and Christiana of Septentria please sign their memory book.

Fadden More Psalter on display in Dublin

In 2006, a group of turf cutters working in a bog in Tipperary discovered a vellum and leather psalter dating to the 9th century. Now, for the first time, the public will have the opportunity to see the Fadden More Psalter now on display at the National Museum in Dublin.

Illuiminations of "Medieval Realms" brings Middle Ages to life

On its website, the British Library offers a collection of medieval manuscripts on a number of subjects offering insight into medieval life. Also available is the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts.

AEthelmearc artisans featured on Manor de Blair website

Members of SCA household, Manor de Blair in the Barony of Delftwood, Æthelmearc, showcase their A&S entries at the Annual Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.

Prayer book and crucifix of Mary Queen of Scots reunited in Scotland

As she walked to the scaffold to be executed, Mary Queen of Scots carried an ornate crucifix and a Book of Hours. Now both artifacts, thought to have been carried by Mary, were reunited for a day at Loretto School in Musselburgh, East Lothian. (photo)

Washington Haggadah centerpiece of Hebrew manuscripts at the Met

In celebration of Passover, Edward Rothstein of the New York Times discusses the reading of the Haggadah represented by the Washington Haggadah, a manuscript from 1478 on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through June 26, 2011. (slide show)

15th century book appears at Utah fundraiser

Salt Lake City book dealer Ken Sanders didn't expect much when working a fundraider in Sandy, Utah. His boredom was relieved, however by the offer for appraisal of a tattered copy of the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle, "one of the earliest and most lavishly illustrated books of the 15th century."

Coptic nuns deface Egyptian temple

The Egyptian gods must have been angry when 6th century Coptic nuns used the walls of their temple for personal comments. The graffiti has been discovered at the 3200-year-old temple at Abydos.

Morgan Library to explore medieval costume

This summer, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City will sponsor an exhibit of over fifty illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books showcasing fashionable clothing in Northern Europe.

11th century "church musical manuscript" features Mozarabic plainchant

A recent blog entry for the BibliOdyssey website offers a close-up look at the amazing Visigothic Antiphonal, an 11th century church document packed with hymns, illuminations and circular calendars.

Vandalism mars 16th century Persian masterpieces

Auction houses have long profited from the 19th century practice of destroying precious painted manuscripts from Iran, India or Turkey by selling pages ripped from the books. Souren Melikian of the New York Times looks at this phenomenon.

Calontir Spring 2011 Coronation photos online

Séaghdha mac Roibeaird reports that he has created an album of photos from Spring 2011 Coronation which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir.

"Senchus fer nAlban"

In the 7th century, seventy lines of text were created to record the number of men in western Scotland for the purpose of military service and tax collection. The Senchus fer nAlban (History of the men of Scotland) includes resources for the population of Dál Riata, the Kingdom of the Gaels on the west coast of Scotland. (photos)

World chronicle digitized

An amazing fifty-foot (16 meter) long parchment scroll chronicling the history of the western world from creation through the year 1461 has recently been digitized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The scroll is lavishly illuminated. (photos)

Chieftains 2011 photos online

Eowyth þa Siðend and Hrothgar report that they have created several albums of photos from Chieftains, which took place February 26, 2011 in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Picasaweb and Flickr.

Rainy day prompts "chance discovery" of Roman inscription

A rainy day visit by a family to Roman sites in northern England has led to the discovery of an inscribed sandstone fragment dating to Roman times. Lisa Langford spotted the stone after it had been uncovered by heavy rains.

Ryght welebeloued Voluntyne...

In 1477 Margery Brews sent the first valentine in the English language to her sweetheart John Paston begining "ryght welebeloued Voluntyne" (right well-beloved Valentine), she promised to be a good wife, adding: "Yf that ye loffe me as Itryste verely that ye do ye will not leffe me" (If you love me, I trust.. you will not leave me).

Voynich Manuscript carbon dated

Since its discovery in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript has been the subject of debate among scholars and scientists who argued over the meaning of its 250,000 coded characters. Now experts from the University of Arizona have used carbon dating to determine the age of the document.

[AET] Heralds and Scribes

Let the word go forth that the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle will be hosting Heralds and Scribes on April 2, 2011 at the Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main St., Binghamton NY.

14th century manuscript returns to Bangor Cathedral

Sunday worshippers at Bangor Cathedral in Wales were given a rare treat recently: they were permitted to view the Bangor Pontifical, "a 14th Century bishop's manuscript, containing blessings and text of plainchant." The manuscript had been absent from its home for preservation and digitalization. (photo)