From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

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Medieval scribes seldom bothered to record when and where they copied a given manuscript. Modern scholars must often rely on paleography–the study of handwriting–to determine a manuscript’s age and its place of origin. The key to this determination is an awareness of regional variations in handwriting and the changes that took place in the script of a given region over time. Paleographers have established the basic historical characteristics of medieval handwriting by carefully examining the few dated and localized examples available.

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the Sacred Word
Private Prayer
Leather and Chains
Medieval Music
How the Classics Survived
Manuscripts in the Age of Print
Evolution of the Book
Appetite for Destruction
Manuscript Facsimiles
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