Category Archives: Jenneka Janzen

Games of Thrones? Popular Medieval Board Games

By Jenneka Janzen Living without modern entertainment luxuries, what did medieval people do for fun? Surely it wasn’t all farm labour, praying, or jousting (to play into common misconceptions)? Believe it or not, several of our favourite board games originated … Continue reading

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Mark Their Words: Medieval Bookmarks

By Jenneka Janzen When talking about manuscripts with the uninitiated, I usually mention how features that guide us through our modern books – running titles, subheadings, and indices, for example – originated in the Middle Ages. Yet, I tend to … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by its Cover: Manuscript Bindings Without Bling

By Jenneka Janzen Our blog has featured medieval bindings before (Jenny’s blog on “bling” bindings was recently published in Quest magazine) but with an eye to the extraordinary, and extremely rare. In fact, finding an intact medieval binding, never mind … Continue reading

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“There’s a map for that!” Visualizing the Medieval World

By Jenneka Janzen Generally, a map is a visual illustration of an area, a means to symbolically represent spatial relationships between objects, regions, and even ideas. I bet for many of us we most commonly use maps to find the quickest bike … Continue reading

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Dragons and Courtiers: Medieval Doodles in a Leiden Manuscript

By Jenneka Janzen This week’s blog is a show-and-tell of one of my new favourite finds in Leiden University’s Special Collections. Two weeks ago, Turning Over a New Leaf hosted another successful colloquium and Lieftinck Lecture. I coordinated the manuscript … Continue reading

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Top Manuscript News of 2013

By Jenneka Janzen First, a very Happy New Year to all our readers from the Turning Over a New Leaf Project! 2013 was an exciting year for manuscripts! New technologies and growing digitization programmes enhanced avenues of access and exploration … Continue reading

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Dueling Cantors and Their Early Musical Notation

By Jenneka Janzen In my last blog post I briefly discussed one of my favourite manuscripts, the Cantatorium of St Gall (Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. Sang. 359). It survives as the oldest complete neumed manuscript. I also mentioned that early neumes, … Continue reading

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