Posts Tagged ‘Medieval’

Lines of beauty: British Library’s medieval manuscripts go digital – FT.com

February 18th, 2013
(c) Michael Bodian

Beowulf manuscript (c) Michael Bodian

“The British Library aims to digitise its 25,000 medieval manuscripts, so readers around the world can see them. Here are six of the rarest” including the Beowulf manuscript (shown above; photo (c) Michael Bodian). via Lines of beauty: British Library’s medieval manuscripts go digital – FT.com.

Paleontologist discovers 3-D secrets of Middle Age designs of Kells’ ‘angels’ [Medieval News]

January 27th, 2010

A page from the Book of Kells

I still don’t quite understand it, but, according to John Cisne, a paleontologist who studied the Book of Kells, the medieval scribes who illustrated this amazing manuscript employed “free-fusion stereocomparison” to generate the intricate scrollwork that can be found throughout the pages. With detail to the point of “submillimeter precision”, Cisne, in the journal Perception (Vol. 38, No. 7), argues that the medieval monks uses this method to create the wonderful artwork in the Book of Kells and other beautiful manuscripts.

via Medieval News: Paleontologist discovers 3-D secrets of Middle Age designs of Kells’ ‘angels’.

My favorite book: Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur

February 28th, 2009

Sir Thomas Malory is, in my opinion, one of the greatest writers in the English language. He had a flair for elegant prose, covering topics rich in imagery and zest. I had the great fortune of meeting P.J.C. Field, the editor of the Oxford (Eugene Vinaver) Le Morte D’Arthur several years ago on a trip through the U.K.

I just found a new widget that shows images from the Malory text and thought I’d post it here. I hope you enjoy the text as much as I do, but you should really treat yourself to the P.J.C. Field edition (only $245 on Amazon).
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