Monthly Archives: March 2012

‘Turning Darkness into Light': Depictions of the Medieval Scribe

By Irene O’Daly Last week we were treated to a wonderful lecture on VLF 4 – a large-scale manuscript of Pliny’s Natural History by Mary Garrison.  Garrison debated the origins of the manuscript, drawing attention to the fact that few … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasure, or How Destruction Creates Beautiful Things

By Erik Kwakkel (@erik_kwakkel) If you have worked with medieval or early-modern books you will likely have encountered them: tiny pieces of medieval parchment sticking out of bindings, and parts of manuscript leaves glued to the inside of boards. This hidden treasure … Continue reading

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Lux in Arcana

By Jenny Weston As a researcher of medieval manuscripts it can often be difficult to explain the nature of the job, particularly to those who do not share the same passion. When asked the inevitible question: “What is it that … Continue reading

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World-Famous Research Collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts Digitized.

By Julie Somers With the click of a button, a new medieval manuscript resource was launched into the online world. On February 28th, Leiden University and Brill Academic Publishers released a collaborative digitization project of over 100,000 pages of Middle … Continue reading

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Medieval Garbage found in Leiden University Library

Erik Kwakkel recently discovered a manuscript made entirely from ‘offcuts’ – leftovers from parchment production that were normally thrown out, or boiled down for glue – in the University Library, Leiden. It is the first time that such a book … Continue reading

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“Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination”: Review

By Irene O’Daly Last November I took the opportunity to visit the Royal Manuscripts exhibition at the British Library.  Arriving on a quiet Friday morning, the galleries were all but deserted, allowing for close examination of the cases and some … Continue reading

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