My talk for the Medieval Summer at St Alban’s Cathedral: From Medingen with Love. Medieval Manuscripts travelling through Europe traced the criss-crossing of manuscripts between Germany and England and discussed their transition from devotional to antiquarian objects.

As preparation for the session, I invited participants to 1) make their own facsimile of a medieval manuscript, 2) watch a short introduction into the attempt to bring together manuscripts from German and English libraries, 3) reflect on the relationship between the digital and material object. The session itself focussed on a group of manuscripts produced in the convent of Medingen in the 15th century and followed their fate across Europe; it compared and combined this with the history of the St Alban Psalter which travelled the opposite way and on its journey rubbed shoulders with a number of Medingen manuscripts. Explore the St Albans Psalter.

Two Psalters in the Cathedral Library in Hildesheim, cf. hab.bodleian
From Medingen / St Albans with Love: A Tale of Two Psalters
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2 thoughts on “From Medingen / St Albans with Love: A Tale of Two Psalters

  • July 24, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Great talk and understandable to the layman like myself.
    Love the quote ‘Not reading is a sin’.
    Also much appreciated the comparisons with Zoom/Microsoft Word aspects.
    And the materiality aspects made is more interesting.
    One final question: Has anyone used the ‘Abc’ characters as the basis for a digital font- it would be great for kids to be able to write a word document using it.

    • July 24, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks for your comment! The quote ‘not to read is evil’ comes from the flyleaf of the manuscript HAB Wolfenbüttel, Cod. Guelf. 498 Helmst., (convent of Wölfingerode). I owe the knowledge of it to Eva Schlotheuber: Klostereintritt und Bildung. Die Lebenswelt der Nonnen im späten Mittelalter. Mit einer Edition des “Konventstagebuchs” einer Zisterzienserin von Heilig-Kreuz bei Braunschweig (1484–1507), Tübingen 2004. (Spätmittelalter und Reformation N.R. 24), p. 268. And great idea about the font; I don’t think there has been a Gothic alphabet been made based on a real handwritten ABC.


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