Scribal Arts

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

William Wallace letter to be display at Scottish Parliament

Historians in Scotland have long hoped to reclaim a letter written by the French king giving safe conduct to William Wallace to speak with Pope Boniface VIII. Now the 700-year-old letter will be loaned to the National Records of Scotland for display at the Scottish Parliament.

600 years of "30 days hath September"

All school American children learn the day-counting rhyme "Thirty days hath September...," and some adults still use it to track the number of days in the month. Now a Welsh journalist offers proof that the doggerel dates to the early 15th century. (photo)

No White Glove Treatment at British Library

The British Library nixes the “requirement” that white gloves are necessary in order to handle historical manuscripts, saying that it is “in fact a modern phenomenon, and one that has little scientific basis.” Gloves can actually be a detriment to manuscripts, they claim.

[MID] Middle Kingdom Herald's Pointe and Scribal Collegium

Middle Kingdom's Herald's Pointe and Scribal Collegium March 10, 2012 10 am to 5 pm

York Cause Papers: ecclesiastical history online

With the help of grant money, the York Cause Papers, records from the Church Courts of York from the 1300 to 1858, are now available online.

St. John's Bible completed

Nearly thirteen years ago, calligrapher Donald Jackson began an epic project to create a hand-written Bible, commissioned by St. John’s University in Minnesota. Now, with a final "Amen," the Bible has been completed. Michael Inbar of Today.com has the story. (video)

13th century Spanish document surfaces at University of Virginia

15 years ago, George Greenia discovered a 13th century medieval Spanish document, missing for centuries, in the archives at the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library. Now the contents and story of discovery of the document have been disclosed.

[EAS] K&Q Arts and Science/Noisemakers VII

Noisemakers is a celebration of all things 'noisy'. You are invited to a full day of classes on topics related to heraldry, music, vocal performance, dance, and scribal arts. This year we are pleased to host Their Majesties Arts and Sciences Championship. 

Bodleian Library digitizes Mishneh Torah

One of the most important manuscripts in the Bodleian Library's Hebrew collection is the 12th century Mishneh Torah, a guide to Jewish law handwritten and signed by Hebrew scholar Maimonides. The manuscript has now been digitized and is available online.

Traceable art for scribes

Scribes looking for heraldic images for scrolls, or heralds wishing to help newcomers choose charges, may wish to check out the Pennsic Traceable Art Project created by Ailis Linne.

"Penn in Hand" database online

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the conclusion of a two-year project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to digitize and make available on the World Wide Web its medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

The scribes behind the Middle English masters

“The clerks of the London Guildhall form the invisible link between medieval authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and their first audiences, the original owners of the medieval manuscripts we study today,” said Professor Linne Mooney of the University of York.

2011 Fall Icon Workshop

Saint John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church (Houston, Texas) is sponsoring an Icon-Writing (painting) Studio at any level of experience, for adults and accompanied children over 10, on Friday, November 4, 2011 through Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Royal Manuscripts to be displayed at British Library

"When we selected the manuscripts to go on display, we tried to pick those which were visually very strong and had a very strong art element," Kathleen Doyle, curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library, said about the exhibition, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination.

Isabella Breviary facsimile offered in Spain

M. Moleiro in Barcelona, Spain is offering a facsimile edition of the Isabella Breviary, a 15th century illuminated manuscript given to Isabella the Catholic to commemorate the double marriage of her children, Infante John of Asturias and Infanta Joanna. (photos, video)

Tudor bestiary resource online

Calligraphers, needleworkers, heralds and artists take note. The Retronaut website has posted pages from the Tudor Pattern Book published around 1520.

Royal manuscript collection "debunks myth of the Dark Ages"

The world's largest collection of beautifully-illuminated British royal manuscripts from the 9th through 16th centuries will be on display this winter at the British Museum.

British antiquaries on display at McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College will host "Making History: Antiquaries in Britain," September 4 through December 11, 2011, tracing "milestones in the discovery, recording, preservation, interpretation, and communication of Britain's history."

"Modern-day scribe" creates illuminated Tolkien

German art student Benjamin Harff spent six months creating illuminations and binding for a copy of author J.R.R.Tolkien's Silmarillion. The work constitued Harff's exam at the Academy of Arts. (photos).

Atenveldt scribal art showcased

Aten Signet Dame Jennifer Trethewy reports that she has posted a collection of photos of hand-illumniated scrolls awarded recently in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. The photos are available on PhotoBucket.

Humor found in medieval manuscripts

A new exhibit at the Louvre in Paris explores "a largely ignored aspect of painting in the Middle Ages: the fun in medieval manuscripts." The exhibition, Enluminures: Moyen Âge et Renaissance, will be on view until October 10, 2011.

Wellcome Library brings Arabic medical manuscripts to the internet

Medical historians and students of illuminated manuscripts will want to take a look at the Wellcome Library's Arabic manuscript collection, which includes some of its most important texts of Arabic medicine.

Calligrapher to the stars

Professional Calligrapher DeAnn Singh has done everything from historic reproductions for movie sets to the personal scrapbooks of celebrities. She has been passionate about her work for 30 years, and practices both ancient and modern letters.

[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)