Category Archives: Project News

Size Matters: Portable Medieval Manuscripts

By Irene O’Daly Medieval books were often expensive to produce, and usually the property of institutions. But some manuscripts were copied specifically for individuals, and designed to be carried on the person. Portable manuscripts come in many different forms and … Continue reading

Posted in Project News

Medieval Family Trees

By Jenny Weston This post was originally inspired by a recent revelation that one of my ancestors may have lived in Leiden in the early 1600s. A particularly unexpected find — given the fact that my family is from the West … Continue reading

Posted in Jenny Weston, Project News

Historiated Initials: Letters with a Story to Tell!

By Jenny Weston Medieval initials come in all shapes and sizes. They also come with different kinds of decoration. While some feature twisty vines, flowers, and other abstract designs, others present more detailed and distinctive figures and scenes. Known as … Continue reading

Posted in Jenny Weston, Project News | Tagged , ,

Medieval Book Furniture!

By Jenny Weston Today’s post is dedicated to lecterns and bookshelves — the essential furniture of the medieval book! Both of these items were regular companions of the book and they played an important role in supporting and protecting manuscripts while in … Continue reading

Posted in Jenny Weston, Project News | Tagged , ,

Teeny Tiny Medieval Books!

By Jenny Weston While most of the manuscripts produced in the Middle Ages are roughly the same size as today’s books, some volumes feature outrageous dimensions—either super-large or teeny tiny! Today’s blogpost is devoted to the ‘small-end’ of this spectrum, … Continue reading

Posted in Jenny Weston, Project News | Tagged ,

Manuscripts for the Rich & Famous (Super Bling)!

By Jenny Weston For the most part, medieval books do not look like this: But just as some people today add chrome to their cars or gems to their watches or phone cases, some medieval people chose to add ‘bling’ to their … Continue reading

Posted in Jenny Weston, Project News | Tagged , , , ,

Writing the Word: Images of the Medieval Scribe at Work

By Irene O’Daly Scribal portraits in medieval books were fairly common, and can be an important resource for scholars attempting to reconstruct the atmosphere of a medieval scriptorium, as they provide insights into the materials used in the production of … Continue reading

Posted in Project News

Capless a’s and a Fringe Ligature: The Courtship of Medieval Script

By Ramona Venema Ramona is a research master in ‘Classical, Medieval Renaissance Studies’ at the University of Groningen. She is currently working as an intern for the ‘Turning Over a New Leaf Project’.  After completing a course in the fundamentals … Continue reading

Posted in Project News, Visiting Bloggers | Tagged ,

Digital Humanities Summer School at KU Leuven

By Julie Somers In September, the three day ‘Digital Humanities Summer School’ at KU Leuven, Belgium, offered presentations on a variety of approaches to this field.  From ‘digital scholarly editing’ to ‘digital open scholarship’, the lectures provided insight into the … Continue reading

Posted in Project News

Stamp of Approval: A Paper Snippet and the Spanish Inquisition

By Erik Kwakkel (@erik_kwakkel) This blog entry focuses on a book fragment I encountered in Leiden University Library earlier this week while studying twelfth-century material with my research team. As discussed in an earlier blog, after the invention of printing … Continue reading

Posted in Erik Kwakkel, Project News | Tagged , , , , , ,