From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

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Medieval Christianity was concerned with far more than the study of sacred Scripture. The Church also venerated the saints as models of the Christian life. Thus, the Church depended upon hagiographical and liturgical texts for its daily functioning, as well as administrative documents issued by bishops. In the Latin West, the head of the Church was the bishop of Rome, that is, the pope. In his documents he styled himself servus servorum dei — "the servant of the servants of God" — in memory of Christ’s command that "the greatest among you must serve the least."

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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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