Scribal Arts

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

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

Come join us for a day dedicated to the scribal arts. Learn, teach, share, or just hang out.

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.

Secret Vatican documents published

A collection of 105 documents, some dating back over 1,000 years, has been published in book form by the Vatican. The Vatican Secret Archives features a such diverse documents as a letter from the grandson of Genghis Khan to a 1550 note from Michelangelo demanding payment.

[WES] Selviergard Fun Day

Come out and join in the fun in beautiful downtown Butte on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Bodenberg Butte Baptist Church! This is a day to just hang out and schmooze with an informal Collegium with classes in Viking turned shoes, the scribal arts, heraldic display, stitchery, etc. Feel free to bring along any project you are currently working on.

[WES] Heraldic Gathering in Southern Shores

On Saturday, February 27, 2010 Southern Shores will be hosting a Heraldic Gathering at His Grace, Duke Cariadoc's home to assist as many as we possibly can to create submissions to the College of Heralds for their Devices and SCA names.

Drachenwald scribe offers insight into Book of Kells techniques

A recent paper by Cornell paleontologist John Cisne on the repeating patterns in the Book of Kells so intrigued Duchess Nerissa de Saye, who commented on Drachenwald's Dragon Scribes blog, that she asked her father to help "translate" the article into layman's terms.

Belles Heures to be displayed at the Cloisters

Beginning March 2, 2010, the Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a lavishly-illustrated manuscript, will be on display at the Cloisters Museum in New York. The unbound leaves will remain on display until June 13, 2010. (video)

Celtic Psalter on display for first time at the University of Edinburgh

The Celtic Psalter, Scotland's oldest book, dating to the 11th century, has been placed on display at the University of Edinburgh for the first time in history. The book contains "hand-written psalms in Latin, with Celtic and Pictish illustrations."

Gulf Wars XIX Volunteers Wanted

Several event staff departments are seeking volunteers for Gulf Wars, March 15-20, 2010.

Byzantine Gospel of Mark a forgery say scientists

A recent scientific study of the Archaic Mark, a 44-page codex, believed to be "an important witness to the early text of the gospel," has been proven to be a 19th century forgery according to a team of experts from the university of Chicago.

Medieval Jewish books focus of Bodleian Library exhibit

From December 8, 2009 to May 3, 2010, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University will host Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures, "which tells the story of how Jews, Christians and Muslims have together contributed to the development of the book as an object of great cultural importance."

Archaeologists ponder "Secrets of Shangri-La"

Archaeologists believe they have found Shangra-La in the form of Himalayan caves holding wall paintings, illuminations and 15th century religious texts. (photos)