Prayer roll, MS G.39 fol. 11r - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum (1500)

Prayer roll, MS G.39 fol. 11r - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum (1500)

Border in a medieval manuscript with a mermaid and merman. British Library Royal MS 10 E IV Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (t...

Border in a medieval manuscript with a mermaid and merman. British Library Royal MS 10 E IV Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (t...

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a Carmelite book of hours from the collection of the National Library of New Zealand. It’s no...

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a Carmelite book of hours from the collection of the National Library of New Zealand. It’s no...

The Structure of a Medieval Manuscript. For more than a thousand years all manuscripts were written and illustrated by hand. By the Middle Ages, books were being made by folding sheets of parchment, arranging them into gatherings, and assembling and binding them together. This animation illustrates how medieval books were constructed--a feat of engineering that remains essentially the same today.

The Structure of a Medieval Manuscript. For more than a thousand years all manuscripts were written and illustrated by hand. By the Middle Ages, books were being made by folding sheets of parchment, arranging them into gatherings, and assembling and binding them together. This animation illustrates how medieval books were constructed--a feat of engineering that remains essentially the same today.

Detail of a miniature of a rabbit with a trumpet, from the border of a folio. England, S. (London?); from a manuscript in the British Library.

Detail of a miniature of a rabbit with a trumpet, from the border of a folio. England, S. (London?); from a manuscript in the British Library.

Illuminated initial M from medieval manuscript “Doffinnes Hours”, The Book of Hours.  1st quarter of the 15th century CE, Utrecht.

Illuminated initial M from medieval manuscript “Doffinnes Hours”, The Book of Hours. 1st quarter of the 15th century CE, Utrecht.

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