Scribes with Knives

The British Library blog has a number of images of medieval scribes at work, with some commentary explaining the tools they used and other aspects of what is depicted. While the development of the writing desk does seem to represent a difference between them and their more ancient predecessors, there are still aspects of their activity which are closer to what early copyists of texts such as those in the Bible would have done, than to what we are familiar with today. Click through to explore the post.

  • Gary

    “Cut and Paste”. Conspiracy theory. I always thought the Gospel of Philip “kiss Mary on the ___” was a little to coincidental to be accidental. Some scribe had a sense if humor. “I’m really going to mess with the minds of my future readers”.


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