Scribal Arts

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

Milisent Vibert becomes Laurel in the Midrealm

Mistress Llyrydwyl Merewenna reports that, at Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Radagaisus and Ceinwen of the Middle Kingdom, placed Baroness Milisent Vibert on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

"Light of the Sufis" at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Now through August 8, 2010, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts will host Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam, an exhibit that "focuses on some of the most important Sufi ideas and practices that found expression through the arts of the Islamic world."

Ansteorra Spring 2010 Coronation photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Spring 2010 Coronation in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Computer experts to photograph and study medieval manuscripts

Researchers from the University of Kentucky Computer Science department are taking a road trip to England and Spain to photograph medieval manuscripts. They hope to use digital technology to reveal detail in the faded manuscripts that has been previously hidden.

Ransom Center offers medieval manuscript database

The Ransom Center at the University of Texas has created an online collection of digitized  manuscripts dating from the 11th through 17th centuries.

Katherine Kerr to enter Order of the Laurel in Lochac

Their Majesties Bran and Lilya of the Kingdom of Lochac have placed Mistress Katherine Kerr on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Computer science project uses new tech in service of ancient art

Computer scientists at the University of Kentucky will turn their attention to a pair of medieval manuscripts this summer.

Mistress Melisende Fitzwalter elevated to Order of the Laurel in Drachenwald

Vivat for Mistress Melisende Fitzwalter, newest member of the Order of the Laurel in Drachenwald.

Pictures from the Far West A&S Coronet Tournament

Ii Toonishi-no-kami Katsumori reports that photos from the Far West A&S Coronet Tournament, which took place in Vale de Draco, Camp Zama, Japan, are now available online.

"Egyptian blue" pigment found in medieval altar

Reserachers from the University of Barcelona have discovered evidence of Egyptian Blue pigment on the altarpiece of the 12th century church of Sant Pere de Terrassa.

Garden of Earthly Delights photos online

Vrank reports that he has created an album of photos from the Garden of Earthly Delights events which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on Flickr.

Midrealmer's work on National Geographic Channel

Medieval bookmaker Randy Asplund, RanthulfR in the Society for Creative Anachronism, reports that several of his books will be used as props on an upcoming program about the Malleus Maleficarum, entitled The Witch Hunter's Bible.

Precious Cambridge manuscript collection now online

The entire Parker library, a collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts at Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, has been made accessible online. Librarian Suzanne Paul narrates a video tour of the collection's highlights.

13th century Bible on eBay

For a mere US$185,000, you too can own your own 13th century manuscript, in this case 652 page vellum manuscript, illuminated throughout. (photos)

Create your own wax seal

On her blog RageHaus, Kim documents the process of creating a wax seal using a wooden dowel. The how-to guide includes complete descriptions and large photos.

Joan of Arc letter online

On November 9, 1429, Joan of Arc dictated a letter addressed to the citizens of Riom, hoping to recruit reinforcements for the Siege of La Charité. A scanned image of her letter, complete with translation, is available on the Letters of Note website.

16th century manuscript centerpiece of Saint Wenceslas exhibit

The Life and Suffering of Saint Wenceslas, a 16th century manuscript, is the centerpiece of a small exhibit of celebrating the life of the Czech Republic's patron saint, Prince Wenceslas, at the National Museum until May 2, 2010.

Baltimore Art Museum Receives Grant to Digitize Manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize more than 100 medieval manuscripts from a wide range of European and Near East cultures.

Corpus Coranicum hopes to shed light on the history of the Qur'an

A team of scholars at Germany’s Berlin-Brandenberg Academy of Sciences is about to complete the first phase of the Corpus Coranicum, a 20 year project to create "a central repository of imagery, information, and analysis about the Muslim holy book."

New Syrian Excavation Offers Light on Inventors of Writing

At Tell Zeidan in Syria, a few hours' drive from Aleppo, archaeologists believe they will find rich discoveries about the culture that flourished there before the first cities appeared further south. 

The "sensual experience" of the "Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry"

For many years, visitors to the Cloisters in New York were treated to a glimpse of one of the museum's most precious artifacts, the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry, a 14th century manuscript, opened to only one page. Now, with the book unbound, they can gaze at all all 172 illuminations. (photos)

Walters Art Museum to Digitize Medieval Manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD plans to digitize 105 medieval manuscripts from its 38,000 page collection. The project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take approximate 2 1/2 years to complete.

"Song of the Sea" pages reunited in Jerusalem

Two fragments of a 7th century biblical manuscript of the Song of the Sea, a triumphant hymn to the destruction of the Egyptian Army and the freeing of the Israelites, have been reunited for an exhibit at Israel's national museum.

Drachenwald backlog scrolls in search of rightful homes

HL Aryanhwy ferch Catmael, deputy to Drachenwald's signet, has recently scanned all the outstanding completed backlog scrolls held by the Signet. (photos)

Gregorian Code fragments found in medieval book

Scraps of packing material in the cover of a medieval book have been identified as pieces of the 4th century Gregorian Code, a Roman law book, long believed to have been lost.

"Secret of Kells nominated for Academy Award

The Secret of Kells, an animated film directed by Tomm Moore, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Da Vinci resume online

In a letter to the Duke of Milan, Lenoardo da Vinci outlines his qualifications as an engineer and an artist. A scanned version of the resume with translation is available online.

[MID] Inkin' in Lincoln II

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Medieval scroll text layout

The Got Medieval blog offers a tutorial on laying out a scroll text by a graduate student of medieval studies. The tutorial is done in a very lighthearted way.

Gothic text found in Salisbury Cathedral

Experts working on restoration of the Henry Hyde monument in Salisbury Cathedral have discovered remnants of Gothic text beneath whitewash on the cathedral wall.