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Marginal from the Luttrell Psalter, England, Diocese of Lincoln, ca.1325–35. Medieval Manuscripts, British Library | St. Louis Library Manuscripts, c6-24a

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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.

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Detail from The Luttrell Psalter, British Library Add MS 42130 (medieval manuscript,1325-1340), f60r

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Red wyvern with green wings in initial A(ccipiat nos misericordia tua domine) for Collect at end of Psalm 78(79). (MS. Ashmole 1525)

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LASSEDIO DELLA CITTÀ DI TIRO - Folia. Mi niatura tratta dal ‘Romanzo di Alessandro’ - MS. Bodl. 264 (1338-1344), Bodleian Library, Oxford.

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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.

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