Category Archives: Project News

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

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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

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Strange Weather, Volcanoes, and a Roof Collapse: Secrets of the Medieval Chronicle

By Jenny Weston This past June, a great news story was published about a set of Irish medieval manuscripts that helped a team of  scientists study the relationship between volcanic eruptions (!) and changing climates. In recent months, a team … Continue reading

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Classical Manuscripts in the Leiden University Collections

By Irene O’Daly The project organised a colloquium last week (3 September) entitled ‘Writing the Classics in the Middle Ages’ which focused on the production, form and transmission of classical manuscripts in the medieval West. Alongside a number of papers, … Continue reading

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Making a Medieval Book: Workshops and Classes for the Curious Artisan

By Jenny Weston As manuscript researchers, we often study how medieval books were produced. We love to look at the quality of the parchment, how the book was originally bound, the character of the script, and the beautiful decorations. It … Continue reading

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Reading Medieval Script: Three (not-so) Easy Steps!

By Jenny Weston Medieval manuscripts are often beautiful to look at. With their strange letter-forms, their often gold-plated initials, and their aged parchment, they inevitably spark a sense of curiosity and awe. They can also be complex and mystifying. Almost … Continue reading

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Voices on the Medieval Page (2): The Scribe

By Erik Kwakkel (@erik_kwakkel) This is the second part of a series highlighting instances where medieval individuals added information to an existing book after its production. What precisely did scribes, readers, booksellers and librarians scribble down? And what do these … Continue reading

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Leeds International Medieval Congress 1-4 July, 2013

By Irene O’Daly For every medievalist, the surest sign of summer is not an increase in temperatures, or the prospect of holidays, but the rolling around of the annual Leeds IMC. This year the conference had a new home, moving … Continue reading

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Reading Summer – The Psalter, Breviary, and Book of Hours

By Julie Somers A sunny summer blog post from San Diego! As I was putting together my beach bag and tossing in the essentials such as sunscreen and a good book, it made me wonder what a ‘summer read’ was … Continue reading

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Voices on the Medieval Page (1): The Reader

By Erik Kwakkel (@erik_kwakkel) This is the first part of a series highlighting instances where medieval individuals added information to an existing book, either right after its production or centuries later. What precisely did scribes, readers, booksellers and librarians scribble … Continue reading

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