Thursday, January 25, 2018

have you been to the scriptorium?

the scriptorium, the place to write\

scribes often spent their entire life in an ill-lit scriptorium. the manuscript-writing was a laborious process that could damage one's health. this is a complained in the tenth century:
Only try to do it yourself and you will learn how arduous is the writer's task. It dims your eyes, makes your back ache, and knits your chest and belly together. It is a terrible ordeal for the whole body. 
the director of a monastic scriptorium was the armarius, who provided the scribes with their materials and supervised the copying process. the armarius also played the censor (not all books are permitted).

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