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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.

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Good Green Earth

Out on your summer vacation, perhaps looking for that ideal Instagram photo, have you ever gazed in wonder at a painting and thought “how did they do that?” Well, artists’ secrets are sometimes revealed in unexpected places – like the flyleaf of a manuscript.

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Across the Political Divide

We usually steer clear of divisive political issues in this blog, but today, we are going to plunge right in (no pun intended)...

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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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Reading the Hours

This post takes a closer look at what’s in a Book of Hours, which is arguably the most important text of the late Middle Ages. This is why...

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Meet me at the Fair

The telephone, the Ferris Wheel, the first public toilet, the television, the Eiffel Tower, the incubator, the X-ray machine, even the dishwasher – these are just a few of the “firsts” exhibited at world’s fairs...

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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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