From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


Lives of the Saints
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In the medieval Church, the veneration of the saints enjoyed almost as much attention as the books of Scripture themselves. This twelfth-century German manuscript, as big as a Bible, provides readings from the lives of the saints over the course of the year. The celebration of saints’ feast days was an important part of the annual cycle of the liturgy.

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Lives of the Saints. Germany, 12th century.
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