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Illustration of the Celestial spheres

Le livre du Ciel et du Monde

Illustration of the Celestial spheres

Note that although the order of the spheres is conventional, with the Moon and Mercury closest the Earth and Saturn and the stars farthest, the spheres are convex upward centered on God rather than convex downward centered on the Earth.

1377, Paris, BnF, Manuscrits, Fr. 565, fo 69


Charlemagne and Me : Caroline Miniscule and Palaeography Lessons

After the Western Roman Empire collapsed in the 5th Century AD, the European political map was transformed from homogeneity to a patchwork of (frequently warring) Kingdoms. 680 more words

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Sowing Seeds

Beheading of St. John the Baptist

“The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church,” said Tertullian–a great quote to remember on this feast of the beheading of St. 79 more words

Month Of The Immaculate Heart Of Mary

Manuscript Road Trip: Knoxville, Nashville and a Knollys

A few weeks ago, we “drove” through Memphis, Tennessee, on our way to Mississippi. Today, we’ll head back into Tennessee to visit the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Vanderbilt University in Nashville before moving on to Kentucky. 1,269 more words

Medieval Manuscripts

The Worcester Antiphoner: Our Most Important Book?

Of particular note amongst the medieval manuscript collection at the Cathedral is MS F.160, or the Worcester Antiphoner. A liturgical service book dating from the 1230s… 392 more words


Manuscript Road Trip: Carolina on my Mind

Thanks to the sleuthing and expertise of University of South Carolina English professor Scott Gwara, every manuscript in the state of South Carolina has been catalogued and imaged, and all of the resulting metadata has been gathered into a very useful and comprehensive website titled… 1,295 more words

Medieval Manuscripts

Manuscript Road Trip: Sweet Home Alabama (and Georgia too)

Before we leave Florida for Georgia and Alabama, I want to call your attention to a very exciting and important discovery made by Peter Kidd and discussed in his recent… 1,032 more words

Medieval Manuscripts