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medieval text manuscripts Blog

Welcome to the Medieval Text Manuscripts Blog!  This blog highlights what makes our text manuscripts particularly interesting and appealing to us – and (we hope) to you too!  Here we explore what these books can tell us about how they were made and used.  We also share what we know of their most fascinating and unusual contents, makers, and owners.  Some of our discoveries are quite significant, some merely amusing, and some bizarre.  All medieval manuscripts have much to reveal to their attentive modern audiences.  Follow our blog to learn more about them.



Manuscripts in the Curriculum: News from the Field.

Everyone at Les Enluminures really, really believes that teaching with actual medieval manuscripts is a transformative experience. This has always been an important and successful part of the mission of our text manuscripts site...

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Jumping Jehosophat!

Yes indeed. To start the New Year, Les Enluminures is exhibiting Bill Voelkle's amazing collection of fakes and forgeries. The exhibition is a provocative one, raising fascinating questions about the origin and reception of works of art - and, as you'll see, many of these fakes are quite beautiful.

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A Picture Bible for People and Princes

Everyone likes a good story. In a way, the history of the written word is an exercise in grabbing the attention of your audience, whoever they might be. Performers do this by “breaking the fourth wall” and talking to us directly (you hate that as much as I do, right?). Pictures also play this game in books and illuminated manuscripts.

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What’s Up NY?

New York is a city for everyone – with events to match – “Restaurant Week,” “Fashion Week,” “Fleet Week”...

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