From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

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When the Roman Empire disintegrated, it was the centrality of the sacred word, fostered by the Christian Church, that preserved the culture of writing in the West. Most of the books produced during the Middle Ages were copies of religious texts, laboriously written out by scribes in monasteries and often embellished with gold and intricate artwork. But the Christian concern with writing also served to preserve the profane texts of classical antiquity.

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Lombard Gradual. Northern Italy, mid-fifteenth century.
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Introduction
the Sacred Word
Churchbooks
Private Prayer
Letterforms
Leather and Chains
Medieval Music
Schoolbooks
How the Classics Survived
Manuscripts in the Age of Print
Evolution of the Book
Appetite for Destruction
Manuscript Facsimiles
Cornell's Medieval Books
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