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Medieval Manuscripts Are a DNA Smorgasbord

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In 2010, bioarchaeologist Matthew Collins of the University of Copenhagen and his colleagues realized that the parchment used in medieval manuscripts, which is made of scraped and stretched animal skins, was actually a repository of information about the history of domestic animals in Europe. Chris Baraniuk at New Scientist reports that Collins and his team…

Delving into the Welsh Dark Ages

Manuscripts chronicling the history of Wales and Britain from Roman rule onwards are a new focus for experts. The Welsh Chronicles are a collection of texts that both attempt to mark historical events – and according to some – act as propaganda. It has been suggested that some of the texts even urge the Welsh…

Medieval Europe’s publishing industry

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The mystery of how the medieval world made some of its finest books has at last been solved — after 700 years. New research is revealing the trade secrets of Europe’s very first largescale commercial publishing industry. Several generations before the widespread introduction of paper into Christian Europe, the continent’s craftsmen discovered a way of…

Neurological condition probably caused medieval scribe’s shaky handwriting

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Scribes usually have pretty good handwriting. That’s not the case for one prolific 13th century writer known to scholars only as the Tremulous Hand of Worcester. Now scientists suggest the writer suffered from a neurological condition called essential tremor. Neurologist Jane Alty and historical handwriting researcher Deborah Thorpe, both of the University of York in…

Codex Gigas: The ‘Devil’s Bible’ Is Largest And Most Mysterious Medieval Manuscript Ever Found

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There is a mysterious manuscript called Codex Gigas that is housed in the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm that has been nicknamed “the Devil’s Bible,” due to the legend surrounding the text’s creation. The manuscript is the largest medieval manuscript ever found, and is believed to have been created in the Benedictine monastery of…

Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts – free online course

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Stanford University is offering a free online course called Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts starting Tuesday, 20 January 2015. The class is taught by a fantastic group of medievalists, including Professor Elaine Treharne, if you’re not following Elaine on twitter, you really should! In fact you can connect with all the instructors on Twitter, they are…

Illuminations – Treasures of the Middle Ages

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Illuminations – Treasures of the Middle Ages BBC Documentary Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon visits an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, which contains a treasure trove of the world’s most important illuminated manuscripts. Germaine Greer joins the modern-day illustrator Quentin Blake to consider the religious and political power of these beautiful medieval masterpieces, and to…

Rare medieval Welsh manuscript set for auction in London

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A very rare mid-14th century legal manuscript written in Medieval Welsh is being auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday. Almost certainly taken to the US by Welsh settlers in the 1700s, The Laws Of Hywel Dda ranks among the earliest medieval documents in that country. Read the full story and see the video on…

J. Paul Getty Museum’s exhibition ‘Imagining the Past in France, 1250-1500’ features historical French manuscripts from Middle Ages

Exhibition at the Getty Center features historical French manuscripts from the Middle Ages. These days, famous lines such as “let them eat cake” have made cultural icons out of historical figures like Marie Antoinette – despite the fact that they are historically false. But even back in the Middle Ages, when common pastimes included troubadours,…

Facsimile of Isabella Breviary unveiled at Miami Book Fair

An exact replica of Spanish Queen Isabella’s breviary, a medieval codex that is highly prized for its illuminated pages, stunning beauty and luxurious decoration, was exhibited Thursday at the Miami Book Fair International by Spanish publisher Manuel Moleiro. The meticulous copy of this treasured, 1,046-page manuscript, housed at the British Library in London, required five…