Monk Working in Scriptorium

Illustration

by Unknown
published on 05 March 2018

Depiction of a monk at work copying a text by hand in a writing room known as a scriptorium. From the 5th to the 13th century CE monasteries were the sole producers of books. The scriptorium was a large room with wooden chairs and writing tables which angled upwards to hold manuscript pages. Monks were involved in every aspect of a book’s production from processing the vellum to the final product.

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