Re: Bookish Pursuits

Bishop's Miter

Finally, two things that I love–medieval manuscripts and historical clothing–have been brought together. The above image is from Eric Kwakkel’s Medieval Fragments blog and shows a bishop’s hat or miter with a lining made from 13th Norse love poetry. After the introduction of the printing press, the handwritten books that had proceeded them were regarded as old-fashioned and were often re-purposed. Because medieval manuscripts were written on vellum–scraped animal skin, could be calf, sheep, or goat–it wasn’t a big stretch of the imagination to re-use these pieces of illuminated leather as linings for clothes.  Re-used manuscripts also show up in the bindings of printed books as well. Check out the whole post here.


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