The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephen Schriber

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Regular commenter Ron19 post this link to an amazing little late-medieval sketchbook by a monk named Stephen Schriber. Brother Schriber is quite obviously doing studies and practice work for his marginals and capitals. I have a lot of books about medieval illumination, but I’ve never seen one like this, where you see the process of [Read More...]

Some Very Cool Evidence of Early Eyeglass Use

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Medievalist.net found this story about some incredibly neat evidence of eyeglass use from a medieval manuscript. No, it wasn’t a mention in the manuscript: it was on the manuscript. Witness: Someone placed their eyeglasses, most likely leather-framed spectacles, inside the flyleaf, closed the book, and then went off and forgot about them or got killed [Read More...]

Mario and Medieval Manuscripts

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Thanks to boing boing, an old post at Got Medieval is getting some fresh attention, and it’s well worth a look at the whole thing. Carl Pyrdum uses the modern conventions of 2D platform-jumping game art to explain the internal logic of medieval illumined manuscripts. His point is that marginal objects in these manuscripts have platforms [Read More...]

St. Cuthbert Gospel Sold for £9 million

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The St. Cuthbert Gospel is the oldest surviving European book, and thus one of the most important volumes in the world. The Gospel is a Latin pocket edition of John that was originally placed in the Cuthbert’s tomb some time after his death in 687. The book most likely did not belong to Cuthbert, but was created [Read More...]

Huge St. Thomas Aquinas News from Logos

This could be big. Logos Bible Software is hoping to commission and publish the first complete English translations of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah, and Commentary on the Prophet Jeremiah. All three texts will come with both the Latin original and a new English translation. Logos has [Read More...]

Illuminated Manuscripts in the Classroom

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Despite the fact that this NY Times story about teaching kids the techniques of medieval illuminated manuscripts never uses the words monk, monastery, Bible, Catholic, church, or even religion (do Times writers get some kind of bonus in their paycheck for that?), it’s still an interesting subject. Her class at the Gordon Parks School for Inquisitive [Read More...]


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