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Workshop: Early Medieval Manuscript Illumination 2022

In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to the art and interior content of early medieval manuscripts. Due to their highly decorative quality, we will be using Irish texts (such as the Book of Kells) as examples to demonstrate the creative and technical processes of constructing ancient manuscripts.

Medieval Manuscript Workshop

As medieval combat students, we are always referring to the manuscripts of the medieval period, but how were they actually made and how long did it take to create a page or image?

Medieval Calligraphy: A Modern Primer (2021)

Medieval Calligraphy: A Modern Primer is an easy-to-use guide that walks the student through all the components of beginning calligraphy with an emphasis on the medieval period. The author is an accomplished scribe with more than 20-years of experience teaching calligraphy and illumination. This textbook is ideal for aspiring artists of any age.

Byzantium & the West: Jewelry in the First Millennium (2020)

This full-color catalog explores the interrelationships between the East and West during the first millennium. This was the first time that the Roman Empire was gradually replaced by barbarian invaders, who spread through Europe and created new styles of jewelry; it was also when the capital shifted eastward to the newly founded city of Constantinople.

Medieval Combat in Colour: Hans Talhoffer’s Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat from 1467 (2019)

Hans Talhoffer's professional fencing manual of 1467 illustrates the intricacies of the medieval art of fighting, covering both the 'judicial duel' (an officially sanctioned fight to resolve a legal dispute) and personal combat.

The Art of Sword Combat: A 1568 German Treatise on Swordmanship (2016)

The manuscript, produced in Strassburg around 1568, is illustrated with thirty watercolor images and seven ink diagrams. The text covers combat with the long sword (hand-and-a-half sword), dusack (a one-handed practice weapon comparable to a saber), and rapier. The manuscript’s theoretical discussion of guards is one of the most critical passages to understanding this key feature of the historical practice, not just in relation to Meyer but in relation to the medieval combat systems in general.

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