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The Last of the Great Chained Libraries

By Jenny Weston On a beautiful sunny day last week, the Turning Over a New Leaf project team decided to take a day off from the office to visit a spectacular chained library in the small town of Zutphen (located in … Continue reading

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“Devil Be Gone!” : Temptation, Sin, and Satan in Medieval Manuscripts

By Jenny Weston For most God-fearing medieval Christians the Devil was ‘legitimately scary’. He (and his band of demonic followers) presented a very real threat to one’s spiritual fortitude—always out to trick, torment, and tempt good Christians into a life … Continue reading

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Listening to the Book: Medieval Music Manuscripts

By Jenny Weston As a researcher studying the reading habits of medieval monks, I spend a great deal of time pondering the ‘world of the monk’. While I usually focus on the books that the monks were reading, I cannot … Continue reading

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Manuscripts in the Kitchen

By Jenny Weston (My apologies if you received an e-mail with an unfinished version of this post a few days ago— A case of hitting the wrong button while writing)!  The holidays are upon us! During this festive season, we can … Continue reading

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Medieval Star Gazing

By Jenny Weston When a person looked up at the night sky in the Middle Ages, what did he think about? Could he find meaning in the stars? Or did he simply appreciate the divine chaos of the cosmos? To … Continue reading

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Normandy—The Gateway to the Medieval World

By Jenny Weston Overlooking the coast of Normandy, on a rather imposing hilltop, there sits the small town of Avranches. Despite the town’s quiet and rather tranquil ambiance, Avranches might be considered one of the richest ‘points of entry’ into … Continue reading

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“Trust Me, I’m a (Medieval) Doctor”

By Jenny Weston Despite my love for all manuscripts, I admit that I harbor particular enthusiasm for the curiously tantalizing ‘medieval medical manuscript’. Whether they contain graphic (and often strangely disconcerting) diagrams of the human body, morbid images of people covered … Continue reading

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The Art of the Doodle

By Jenny Weston Manuscript doodles—the small sketches often found in the margins of manuscripts—are always a welcome treat when looking through a medieval book. Despite the fact that manuscripts were written entirely by hand, the doodle is somehow a more … Continue reading

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Oh (medieval) Canada!

by Jenny Weston Canada doesn’t have a medieval history like Europe. Sure Canada was ‘there’ in the medieval period, but there were no knights, castles, jousting competitions, pointy shoes, or manuscripts. Despite this lack of a national medieval history, Canadians … Continue reading

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Clicking a Link or Taking a Train: Archives in Question

by Jenny Weston Two weeks ago, the project team was thrilled to hear that Leiden University will offer a month-long trial subscription to the Parker Library on the Web. For one (glorious) month, we have been granted full access to … Continue reading

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