#251 – Medieval Books

Books were the livelihood of the medieval monk but they were rare and expensive. Not surprisingly this meant various and create ways to protect them.

The Evolution of the Medieval Book
The Art of the Book in the Middle Ages
Medieval Books of Hours

“Anathema! Medieval Scribes and the History of Book Curses” by Marc Drogin

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  1. Sarah
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    How do we know that all the books were copied word for word? So many books could have been changed even the Bible?

    • sbeshonertor
      Posted August 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      We do know that sometimes copyists made mistakes. We can tell this by looking at other copies, particularly earlier ones. This is also the case with Biblical translations which is why modern translators will rely on the earliest available texts and look to see if the same words are used in many different copies of the text in order to produce the best possible translation.

  2. M. Kim G.
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I really liked this episode and cool picture!

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