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  • [+] More Collecting - The Humorous and Absurd World of Medieval Marginalia 


    Collecting - The Humorous and Absurd World of Medieval Marginalia
    Published since 24 Sep 2015

    For most of the Middle Ages, the only way to reproduce a book was to copy it by hand. Copying was solitary, lengthy, and physically taxing work. Scribes worked long hours, in contorted positions, and abided by rigid expectations. At heart, it was a droning process, too, allowing the copier only the ability to transfer the words of another. Consequently, many scribes developed a sense of humor to break up the monotony of their hand-cramping task. It was well-deserved, for without these scribes, we would have lost an unfathomable amount of our artistic and cultural history — from antiquity onward. Luckily, we can find evidence of their playful spirits in the margins of their very manuscripts, where illustrated miniatures and writings reveal the creative personality behind the pen.

  • [+] More The Codex Manesse and the Discovery of Love – Heidelberg shows one of the most beautiful medieval manuscripts 


    The Codex Manesse and the Discovery of Love – Heidelberg shows one of the most beautiful medieval manuscripts
    Published since 28 Oct 2010

    On the occasion of the 625th anniversary of the University Heidelberg (Germany) the Heidelberg University Library presents its most precious treasure and one of the most important literary resource of German literary history: the Codex Manesse. The exquisitely illuminated medieval manuscript was written at the beginning of the 14th century in Zurich presumably due to the initiative of Johann and Rüdiger Manesse. The manuscript unites the entire range of Middle High German poetry, the oldest texts date back as far as the mid 12th century. Many poems are uniquely documented here: The Codex Manesse is one of the key testimonies for the literature and culture of the Staufer dynasty.

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    Published since 17 Dec 2009

    Online: The Labyrinth - The Journal of Arthurian Studies - The Camelot Project

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