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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.



Badges of Devotion

One of the questions we are asked most frequently about medieval prayer books, especially Books of Hours, is how they were actually used...

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Happy Spring!

News flash! Eighteen “new” manuscripts were added to our text manuscripts site last Thursday...

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Hidden in Plain Sight:

Monsters and mythical creatures, birds and beasts, warriors and angels are far from unexpected in the margins of medieval manuscripts, where they supply endlessly variable subjects for marginalia...

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Old Master Drawings: 1465 to 1670

Since 1991, Les Enluminures has sold important examples of early drawings both to major public institutions and to private collectors. Today, opportunities to purchase drawings before 1500 are extremely limited...

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Rapscallions and Resolutions

Happy New Year to all of our readers! The year 2017 is full of possibilities – and, we’re guessing, full of resolutions as well...

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Gifts of the Past

It seems you can’t go anywhere this time of year without a barrage of advertisements flaunting gifts for everyone on your list...

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The Shape of the Thing:

The iconic image of a Hebrew Bible is the Torah Scroll, the Sefer Torah - monumental scrolls containing the entire Pentateuch (the five books of Moses, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) that are used for public reading during prayer services...

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The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered the “most famous manuscript find of all time” and the “greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.” Today they surely rank as one of the most important and revered literary and religious manuscripts in existence.

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The Secret of Secrets

We usually try to give our blogs a catchy title. In this case, we didn’t have to try very hard. What could be more intriguing than a book called the Secret of Secrets...

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The Popess and the Vello-Maniac

It can be mind-boggling to think about how many hands a manuscript has passed through between the time that its pages were copied an

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