Medieval Books


Evolution of the Medieval Book



Bodleian Library
Images of Manuscripts

The Making of a Medieval Book

Art of the Book in the Middle Ages
"Every stage in the creation of a medieval book required intensive labor, sometimes involving the collaboration of entire workshops. Parchment for the pages had to be made from the dried hides of animals, cut to size and sewn into quires; inks had to be mixed, pens prepared, and the pages ruled for lettering. A scribe copied the text from an established edition, and artists might then embellish it with illustrations, decorated initials, and ornament in the margins. The most lavish medieval books were bound in covers set with enamels, jewels, and ivory carvings"


Illustrations from medieval books, groupd by topics: Discarding Images (here are cats licking their butts, for example: Top 10 Medieval Butt-Licking Cats)


More seriously, but some of the same books, no doubt:
Medieval Manuscripts (links to sites)

CURSES

  • Inscriptions to curse book thieves
  • Damnation in Book Curses
  • an example of a book curse from 13th century England that threatens excommunication.
  • The World of Chaucer Medieval Books and Manuscripts

    Medieval Medical Images
    "The Index of Medieval Medical Images project began in 1988 and aimed to describe and index the content of all medieval manuscript images (up to the year 1500) with medical components held in North American collections." Contains images and descriptions of each text. Search, or browse by subject, date, country of origin, and other factors. Includes a list of contributing collections. From the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of California, Los Angeles. [quote sent to me; source unknown]

    Online Books Various Book-related Ideas