British Library Hebrew manuscripts site.

A useful looking resource: The British Library has set up a new page focusing on Hebrew manuscripts, many medieval. The digital collection includes Haggadahs, Torahs, Pentateuchs, and various treatises. Additionally, the site has articles explaining various aspects of these manuscripts. Check them out here. Some examples: 14th c Pentateuch Excerpts from Maimonides’ Code of Law,…

Two troves of Slavonic Manuscripts.

I’ve just found two new to me places to find digitized Russian/Old Church Slavonic manuscripts. Both of these have many many options to look through. The Vatican Library’s Slavonic manuscripts. Click on the book to access individual manuscripts. Vatican Slavonic Manuscripts Gospels. MSS Vat Slav 4 The library of the Trinity Sergius Monastery. Many many…

An Anglo-Saxon Resource.

Saxon Rabbit is back! My Laurel, Ælfflæd, is gradually getting her website back online, now on WordPress. She has info on brocaded tablet weaving, the Anglo-Saxon lyre, and more. Take a look!! Saxon Rabbit

Birchbark documents in Novgorod. 

Much of Novgorod’s casual personal and business correspondence was carried out on birchbark, including collections and records of debts, directives from landowners to peasants, shopping lists, child’s writing practice, personal letters, and much more. (Thompson 56-63, Petrova et al 38-40, Franklin 37) Birchbark is also found as containers, fishing floats and shoes. (Kolchin) While birchbark…

A Selection of Digitized German Scribal Modelbooks 

Medieval and Renaissance illuminators and calligraphers also used various pattern books, calligraphic exemplars, and sketchbooks; surviving examples range from one page alphabets to an illuminated step by step treatise on how to paint acanthus leaves and diapered backgrounds.  Model books could be a few pages bound with other content, or be discrete volumes. Some early…

Vesta’s Minoan dress presentation. 

Vesta took her research into the nature and construction of Minoan womens clothing to An Tir Kingdom Arts &Sciences this March.  The various iterations are shown here, Vesta is wearing her most current version.  Vesta’s  complete paper can be found at:

More printed textile evidence. 

I found a tiny bit of possibly printed fabric from medieval Russia in an article in ATN 58, bringing the total of finds I have seen to 4.  This is blue green and yellow on a tan or other light colored wool tabby, and is described as painted, technique unknown. The various pieces are reconstructed…