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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.

The Fadden More Psalter: The Discovery & Conservation of a Medieval Treasure (2022)

The remains of an illuminated manuscript from the early medieval period, along with its leather cover, were discovered by chance during turf-cutting operations. The find made international headlines and today represents one of the National Museum of Ireland’s top ten treasures.

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?

The Gilded Page: The Secret Lives of Medieval Manuscripts (2021)

Medieval manuscripts can tell us much about power and art, knowledge and beauty. Many have survived because of an author’s status—part of the reason we have so much of Chaucer’s writing, for example, is because he was a London-based government official first and a poet second.

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.

Resources for Medievalists: DMMapp – Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App

The data of the DMMapp can be freely explored and the details of every institution discovered. You can discover the image’s copyright statements of the libraries you wish to visit, notes about repositories, and much more. The database is ever growing, and anyone can contribute by reporting missing libraries, broken links, or errors in the data.

Medieval Pets (2021)

Animals in the Middle Ages have often been discussed - but usually only as a source of food, as beasts of burden, or as aids for hunters. This book takes a completely different angle, showing that they were also beloved domestic companions to their human owners, whether they were dogs, cats, monkeys, squirrels, and parrots.

Resources for Medievalists: The Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Blog

The Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Blog promotes the work of the curators at the Library, who are responsible for these items and thousands more, including medieval historical and literary manuscripts, charters and seals, and early modern manuscripts, from Homer to the Codex Sinaiticus, from Beowulf to Chaucer, and from Magna Carta to the papers of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

The Foundation & Core of All the Arts of Fighting: The Long Sword Gloss of GNM Manuscript 3227a (2021)

This work presents a teaching that is unique in the tradition, more focused on ideas and concepts than on individual plays or techniques. In this way, it is the perfect companion to the more action-oriented glosses of other masters like Sigmund ain Ringeck, Pseudo-Peter von Danzig, and Jud Lew. This book seeks to present these teachings in a new light, with an original translation that is easier to read and understand than existing offerings.

The Medieval Record: Sources of Medieval History (2020)

This book presents modern English translations, based on the best available critical editions, of more than 116 documentary sources—more than any other book of its kind. And has a broad topical, geographical, and chronological approach, including textual and artifactual selections that shed light on such often-overlooked cohorts as women, Jews in Christian Europe, Byzantium, and Islam, and that range in time from the second century to 1493

Cats in Medieval Manuscripts (2019)

Medieval cats were viewed as treasured pets, as fearsome mousers, as canny characters in fables, as associates of the Devil, and as magical creatures. Featuring an array of fascinating illustrations from the British Library's rich medieval collection, Cats in Medieval Manuscripts includes anecdotes about cats—both real and imaginary—to provide a fascinating picture of the life of the cat and its relationship with humans during the Medieval period. A great gift for all cat-lovers.

Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World (2019)

A celebration of the visual contributions of the bestiary—one of the most popular types of illuminated books during the Middle Ages—and an exploration of its lasting legacy. Brimming with lively animals both real and fantastic, the bestiary was one of the great illuminated manuscript traditions of the Middle Ages. Encompassing imaginary creatures such as the unicorn, siren, and griffin; exotic beasts including the tiger, elephant, and ape; as well as animals native to Europe like the beaver, dog, and hedgehog, the bestiary is a vibrant testimony to the medieval understanding of animals and their role in the world.

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