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The Vatican’s Precious Manuscripts Go Online
Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time.
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The Vatican’s Precious Manuscripts Go Online

Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time.

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Message from the Snowman Expert

Please, that is just the tip of the iceberg, a brief rough summary. For a true account please check out my book on the vast medieval history of snowman making. My book is available free in many places as well like libraries. Thanks, Bob Eckstein  http://www.amazon.com/The-History-Snowman-Bob-Eckstein/dp/1416940669

It’s so great to actually hear back from an author I posted about.

Thank you for writing Mr Eckstein. I hope my followers will read your book.

Heart-shaped Prayer Book, circa 1580, gilt embossed leather cover. Attributed to Caspar Meuser, an apprentice and successor of Jakob Krause, the German bookbinder who was the first to use gold tooling and French & Italian designs in his binding. This book was designed for Anne of Denmark, the wife of Augustus I, Elector of Saxony.

Heart-shaped Prayer Book, circa 1580, gilt embossed leather cover. Attributed to Caspar Meuser, an apprentice and successor of Jakob Krause, the German bookbinder who was the first to use gold tooling and French & Italian designs in his binding. This book was designed for Anne of Denmark, the wife of Augustus I, Elector of Saxony.

The little book of hours of Amiens Nicolas Blairie, carefully written on a thin Ruling rose, but modestly decorated with some original illuminations in ink (folio 29), has the curious shape of an almond when it is closed. When it opens, the two halves of the almond bloom to fit the contours of a heart, concrete evocation of the heart of the person praying the prayer that opens.

The little book of hours of Amiens Nicolas Blairie, carefully written on a thin Ruling rose, but modestly decorated with some original illuminations in ink (folio 29), has the curious shape of an almond when it is closed. When it opens, the two halves of the almond bloom to fit the contours of a heart, concrete evocation of the heart of the person praying the prayer that opens.

Hex’s weekend book recommendation
Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist, 1811
If you love medieval settings, historical fiction closely connected to real events, revenge and Kafka, you’re going to love this. Very ahead of it’s time in terms of style and theme. Martin Luther makes an appearance.
Based on the story about this guy. Had a couple of movie adaptations (the latest one this year with Mads Mikkelsen).

Hex’s weekend book recommendation

Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist, 1811

If you love medieval settings, historical fiction closely connected to real events, revenge and Kafka, you’re going to love this. Very ahead of it’s time in terms of style and theme. Martin Luther makes an appearance.

Based on the story about this guy. Had a couple of movie adaptations (the latest one this year with Mads Mikkelsen).

This missal (the most important liturgical book, containing constant and inconstant parts of the mass) has been created circa 1470 for St. Mary Magdalene Church in Wroclaw. 
It had been lost for centuries, but has been returned to Poland in 2009. It is very well preserved and still in original binding. 

This missal (the most important liturgical book, containing constant and inconstant parts of the mass) has been created circa 1470 for St. Mary Magdalene Church in Wroclaw.

It had been lost for centuries, but has been returned to Poland in 2009. It is very well preserved and still in original binding. 

A fascinating video concerning this post.

How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.

Thank you, Luis Walker!

News: Medieval Reading Habits
Using a densitometer, a machine that measures the darkness of a reflecting surface, Rudy was able to intepret how a reader handled a book, which sections were the most popular and which were ignored.
"Although it is often difficult to study the habits, private rituals and emotional states of people, this new technique can let us into the minds of people from the past," Rudy said.
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News: Medieval Reading Habits

Using a densitometer, a machine that measures the darkness of a reflecting surface, Rudy was able to intepret how a reader handled a book, which sections were the most popular and which were ignored.

"Although it is often difficult to study the habits, private rituals and emotional states of people, this new technique can let us into the minds of people from the past," Rudy said.

Read the article

Processus Contra Templarios (Or how all book should be published)
(I mean, look at all those things that are included…Oh, well, back to the facts…)
Years of research and organization, conducted by the Vatican Secret Archive on its source material, have made possible the publication of Processus Contra Templarios, the exclusive and previously unavailable hearing of the original acts of the ancient trial against the Templar Knights.
A unique project in the world, this work comes in a limited run of 799 copies, under the supervision of the Papal Archive officials, and includes the faithful replicas of the original parchments kept at the Secret Archive along with a new and exclusive critical edition on the minutes of the inquiry. 
A thorough analysis of the original parchments, performed through the technique known as “Wood lamp”, which allows the recovery of parts of text unattainable to previous publishers, has made possible for the supervisors to amend older editions, so as to afford a more accurate and genuine reading of the documents.

Processus Contra Templarios (Or how all book should be published)

(I mean, look at all those things that are included…Oh, well, back to the facts…)

Years of research and organization, conducted by the Vatican Secret Archive on its source material, have made possible the publication of Processus Contra Templarios, the exclusive and previously unavailable hearing of the original acts of the ancient trial against the Templar Knights.


A unique project in the world, this work comes in a limited run of 799 copies, under the supervision of the Papal Archive officials, and includes the faithful replicas of the original parchments kept at the Secret Archive along with a new and exclusive critical edition on the minutes of the inquiry. 


A thorough analysis of the original parchments, performed through the technique known as “Wood lamp”, which allows the recovery of parts of text unattainable to previous publishers, has made possible for the supervisors to amend older editions, so as to afford a more accurate and genuine reading of the documents.