Thirsty Hart

Apocalypse Manuscripts

A fun and interesting subset of old manuscripts are detailed illustrated books of the Book of Revelation. Many are very old, and have a simple style of painting that I love. Here are some examples:

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Saint Michael fighting the dragon, from the Bamberg Apocalypse (9th century)

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Medieval Books

Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 12.50.12 PMThere’s a super blog called Medieval Books written by Erik Kwakkel at the University of Leiden which has really interesting articles about obscure facets of medieval book-making, from the chains used to secure the books in libraries; to the advertising offered by bookmakers; to the how, why and where of fonts used; to the ways in which scribes fixed mistakes. It’s written for the public with wit and intelligence, and the comments sections tend to be interesting, too. Check it out!

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