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Illuminated Printed Books

When printing was developed in Europe in the mid-15th Century, it was its economic advantage that allowed it to out-compete with the hand copying of manuscripts as the means for manufacturing books. 554 more words

Medieval Manuscripts

House of Hours, Book of Leaves

The margins of MS 1/17 don’t live up to their manuscript potential. Not only have we lost its illuminations, but the space which does remain is entirely empty. 452 more words

The Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts of Trinity Hall: Part 1

On Saturday 18 April the Supporters of the Old Library enjoyed a fascinating talk on “The illuminated medieval manuscripts of Trinity Hall”. We were exceptionally fortunate to have such an eminent speaker in… 698 more words

The Books Themselves

Making Your Own Paints: A Beginner's Guide

Pigments available to the medieval/renaissance illuminator included mineral and organic ones. The typical palette consisted of:

  • Black: from lamp soot, charred bone, other carbon sources (e.g.
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Arts And Sciences

Recommended Reading: A Selected Scribal Bibliography

These are some of the books and other sources that I consulted for my scribal project for Kingdom Arts and Sciences, and that I recommended as part of the classes I taught recently. 451 more words

Arts And Sciences

History by the Month: May

The autograph Chronica Maiora of Matthew Paris (c1200-1259), monk of St. Albans, is one of the most famous sources for thirteenth century English history. It is a history of the world, but is especially important for events of the author’s lifetime. 83 more words


Major Styles of Manuscript Illumination: An Art Historical Survey

This is part of a series of posts adapted from a handout from a class I taught at a Dragon’s Mist Arts and Sciences day in late April. 573 more words

Arts And Sciences