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The medieval book

In the early Middle Ages, the monasteries were training centres and places of education where books were not only used but also produced. In their writing workshops monks and nuns wrote the books and illustrated them using valuable inks. Their goal was to produce not only beautiful, but also accurate copies of the "Holy Scriptures". Writing was valued as a pious and deserving activity. Elaborate handbindings made of leather and parchment with clasps and fittings clad the books.

Activity: The materials and worksteps of the writers, book illuminators, parchment makers and bookbinders will be demonstrated and explained based on the example of a magnificent medieval manuscript. Further options include the design and colouring of initials, the production of simple books, or writing in so-called "black letters".

Age: from class five

Curriculum link: History, art

Information and reservation:

Phone: +49 341 2271-324

Last update: 23.6.2017

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