Many beautiful illuminated manuscripts survive from the Middle Ages
and can be seen in libraries and museums throughout Europe. But who
were the skilled craftsmen who made these exquisite books? What
precisely is parchment? How were medieval manuscripts designed and
executed? What were the inks and pigments, and how were they
applied? This book looks at the work of scribes, illuminators and
book binders. Based principally on examples in the Bodleian
Library, this lavishly illustrated account tells the story of
manuscript production from the early Middle Ages through to the
high Renaissance. Each stage of production is described in detail,
from the preparation of the parchment, pens, paints and inks to the
writing of the scripts and the final decoration and illumination of
the manuscript. This book also explains the role of the stationer
or bookshop, often to be found near cathedral and market squares,
in the commissioning of manuscripts, and it cites examples of
specific scribes and illuminators who can be identified through
their work as professional lay artisans. Christopher de Hamel's
engaging text is accompanied by a glossary of key technical terms
relating to manuscripts and illumination, providing an invaluable
introduction for anyone interested in studying medieval manuscripts
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