From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

 

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Established in the fourth century, largely by St. Jerome, the Vulgate Bible was so named because it was popular (the Latin vulgus means "the people"). The copy shown here displays several characteristics of the standard Vulgate text adopted in the schools of Paris during the thirteenth century, such as the order of the books and the way they are divided into chapters. Shown are Psalms 107–116, as the rubricated medieval Arabic numerals in the margins indicate. Among the red and blue initials in the text, the large capitals mark the beginning of a new Psalm, and the smaller capitals introduce a new verse. Medieval scribes used these colored letters instead of indentation to start a new paragraph.

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Vulgate Bible. England, latter half of the 13th century.
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