Dirty Medieval Books

Dirty Medieval Books

Originally posted on medievalbooks:

When you use something for a thousand years, it is bound to get dirty. Medieval books often show stains and marks on their pages, usually from readers who did not always take very good care of the objects. Medieval books also collected a lot of loose dirt, which sometimes falls out when you thumb through their pages as a modern-day book historian – naturally with clean hands, though preferably without white gloves (here is why). While this dirt is often simply junk, the bits and pieces – twigs, pieces of leaves, dried flowers, pins – may also have had a function. A dried leaf from a tree may for example have been stuck between the pages to serve as a bookmark. In that sense junk can be seen as as a cultural artefact that adds to our understanding of medieval books and their users. Here are some examples of useful dirt.

1. Fingerprints
Considering that every medieval books was handwritten and that their makers will have…

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Lorraine:

HOPE RISING by Stacy Henrie

Originally posted on Book Journey:

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Hello!  Welcome to It’s Monday What Are You Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It’s a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read list. :D  You never know where that next great read may come from!

Another week!  We are whipping through March!  Here is what I posted this week:

How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson

WHEN by Victoria Laurie

Fascinomas by Clifton K Meador MD

Author Chat with Julia Lee – Author of Seven Stones (diversity in writing)

Seven Stones by Julia Lee

Insurgent – The Movie (based off the Divergent book series)

That was the week.  A pretty good one and I am caught up on reviews.  YAY!  Here is what I plan on this week:

For My Ears:

Outside the lines by Amy Hatvany, book journey

When…

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HOPE RISING by Stacy Henrie

HOPE RISING by Stacy Henrie, 2014. This is a very good book so far, about a World War I Army nurse named Evelyn Gray who falls in love with a soldier named Ralph Kelley and finds herself pregnant, which means expulsion from her nursing job, but that was okay since they planned on marrying as soon as he returned from duty. Unfortunately Ralph dies during a skirmish with Evelyn’s name on his lips. His best friend Joel Campbell, who was severely injured by the attack feels responsible. Later he meets Evelyn Gray in the army hospital where he finds out he cannot father children due to a pelvic injury. Evelyn learns this and understands his anguish since he dreamed of being a father someday.  Meanwhile Evelyn and Joel become friends and he learns of her pregnancy with Ralph’s child. We can all guess what’s going to happen next.. oh the rocky road to love…

NOTE: I don’t want to give anymore away than what the blurb on the cover says, just know that this is a very good book.

A GROWN UP KIND OF PRETTY by Joshilyn Jackson, 2012

A GROWN UP KIND OF PRETTY by Joshilyn Jackson, 2012. A long hidden grave is unearthed in the backyard of the house the three Slocumb women live in, and the youngest 15 year old Mosey is desperate to find out who used their yard for a cemetery. The matriarch of the family is 45 year old Ginny Slocumb, her 30 year old daughter Liza is recovering from a major stroke, and cannot speak and she holds secrets trapped inside her which will affect the other two women in the household. The story starts out introducing the three main characters, and has Ginny fighting for custody of her granddaughter Mosey. Each chapter is a narration by one of the women, the first being Mosey.

NOTE: I seem to be enjoying this book so far.

THE GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON by Sarah Addison Allen

THE GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON by Sarah Addison Allen, (2010). What is it about the Carolina’s? It seems many of the books I read have a Carolina setting! Teenager Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina to solve some of the riddles surrounding her mother Dulcie’s life. She moves into the home her mother grew up in and gets to know her grandfather Vance Shelby, a gentle Giant of a man who stoops to get through a doorway. Once there she looses her mother’s charm bracelet, only to find it on the dresser in her mother’s old room where the wallpaper changes it’s patterns. Then Emily sees mysterious lights skip across the yard and head off into the woods. Next door lives Julia Winterson, whom everyone adores. She lives in an apartment she rents from an old classmate. Julia bakes cakes and sells them to the town from J’s Barbecue, her father’s restaurant which she inherited upon his death two years earlier. Julia always wanted to open her own bakery but settles for baking in her restaurant as she pays off her father’s debts before selling the place. This promises to be a good book, I’ll have to let you know.

Helping Hands on the Medieval Page

Helping Hands on the Medieval Page

Originally posted on medievalbooks:

We are taught not to point. Pointing with your finger is rude, even though it is often extremely convenient and efficient. Medieval readers do not seem to have been hindered by this convention: in the margins of books before print one frequently encounters a manicula or “little hand”. While the purpose of these “helping hands” was the same (they were usually put there to highlight an important passage), their appearance varies considerably. This is due to the fact that there was no standard format for the hand – beyond the point that it had to resemble one (Fig. 1).

Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, VLQ MS 99 (13th century) Fig. 1 – Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, VLQ MS 99 (13th century) – Photo EK

Since the reader was able to shape hand and finger as he or she saw fit, we can sometimes recognise a particular reader within a single manuscript, or even within the books of a library. The charming hands function as a kind of fingerprint of a particular reader, allowing…

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AT ANY COST by Lauren Nichols

AT ANY COST by Lauren Nichols, 2012. This is a LOVE INSPIRED SUSPENSE large print book.  Well Love Inspired is from a Christian Publisher you know, but the story sounds interesting since I don’t usually read suspense books.

Jenna Harper’s ex, tried to murder her after she broke up with him, and although she survived she’s hiding out to avoid being attacked again. Now she’s taking no chances getting caught. no unnecessary risks, no credit cards and defiantly no men. But Jenna is attacked to Beau Travis, the rugged carpenter who’s working on renovating her B & B. (Although I wonder how she can advertise for a B & B without getting her photo in the paper on on line somewhere).

NOTE: Well I’m going to give this book a try, although I’m going to end up going back to the library tomorrow since I already read the other book I took out.