The handmaids tale may be all the rage now, but there are more margaret atwood books to love. A xvith century book held in the national library of swedens collection features a sixfold dosados binding, meaning that the book could be opened in six different ways to reveal six different. Medieval book historian erik kwakkel discovers and. For the past few years, medieval book historian erik kwakkel has been poring over some of the worlds oldest books and manuscripts at leiden university, the netherlands, as part of his ongoing research on pen trials. Pen trials are small sketches, doodles, and practice strokes a medieval scribe would make while testing the ink flow of a pen or quill.
While these five examples showcase the exceptional in medieval manuscript culture, one ought to keep in mind that the items stand out because the majority of medieval books do not look like this. Medieval book historian erik kwakkel recently tweeted this photo of a 15th century book with. Pen trials are small sketches, doodles, and practice strokes a medieval scribe woul. This beautifully illustrated book provides an accessible introduction to the medieval manuscript and what it can tell us about the world in which it was made and used. This beautifully illustrated book provides an accessible introduction to the medieval manuscript and what it can tell us. Love, terror, and an american family in hitlers berlin by erik larson, the diary of a. Change and development in the medieval book leiden university.
Leiden university medieval book historian erik kwakkel has documented some of the creative methods scribes used to make repairs or even incorporate holes in parchment into art. Books before print 9781942401629 erik kwakkel boeken. Books before print explores how manuscripts can act as a vibrant and versatile tool to understand the deep historical roots of human interaction with written information. Professor sir ian kershaw is a british historian, noted for his biographies of adolf hitler. In order to clear the skin of flesh and hair, it was attached to a wooden frame, tight like a drum. On an average day week, month, year the book historian will not encounter books like the ones seen here. If this book is not a staple of book history curricula within the next few years. The oldest advertisements for books, medievalbooks.
He has a popular blog where he shows rare books and fascinating book related antiquities. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. Pages in category medieval historians the following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. While the st albans bible can be placed in an important center of book production, in many respects its history remains as incomplete as the book. For more than a thousand years all manuscripts were written and illustrated by hand. Hes a medieval european book historian and a professor at leiden university in the netherlands. Erik kwakkel is book historian and professor at the school of library. For the past few years, medieval book historian erik kwakkel has been poring over some of the worlds oldest books and manuscripts at leiden. For the latter, see also see erik kwakkel, medieval bargain books, medievalbooks.
Episode 2 of the medieval podcast how were books made and used in the middle ages. Medieval book historian erik kwakkel documents the curious. Books before print medieval media and culture kwakkel, erik on. Murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed america by erik larson, the diar. Medieval book opens six ways, revealing six different.
This medieval book historian from the netherlands gets the internet. Erik kwakkel, a book historian in leiden, netherlands, talks about his passion for medieval books and the benefits of blogging. In 20, the dutch medieval book historian erik kwakkel described a remarkable discovery made by students in a class he taught at leiden university. Xrays reveal hidden library on the spines of early books. He was a lecturer first in medieval, then in modern, history at the university of manchester.
Researchers are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book binding. It highlights extraordinary continuities between medieval book culture. Various examples of medieval book advertising are discussed in erik kwakkel, medieval spam. A historian discovers paw printspresumably those of a caton a medieval manuscript. In 19834 he was visiting professor of modern history. An introduction to medieval book culture recensie manuscript expert and book historian erik kwakkel has written books before print as a. Daniele is joined by erik kwakkel, a rockstar of the book history.828 939 598 1188 1193 1305 455 1033 161 17 445 121 1100 1143 1105 1441 114 1444 186 1121 186 303 612 1339 895 1194 163 363 1065 1481 1338 1424 908 1240 912 1113 1225 721