Scriptorium From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Miniature of Vincent of Beauvais writing in a manuscript of the Speculum Historiale in French, Bruges, c. 1478-1480, British Library Royal 14 E. i, vol. 1, f. 3, probably representing the library of the Dukes of Burgundy rather than a normal situation.This late 15th-century miniature of Jean Miélot d. 1472 depicts the author at work: he is shown compiling his Miracles de Nostre Dame, in which this miniature appears.Scriptorium, literally “a place for writing”, is commonly used to refer to a room in medieval European monasteries devoted to the copying of manuscripts by monastic scribes. Written accounts, surviving buildings, and archaeological excavations all show, however, that contrary to popular belief such rooms rarely existed: most monastic writing was done in cubicle-like recesses in the cloister, or in the monks own cells. References in modern scholarly writings to scriptoria more usually refer to the collective written output of a monastery, rather than to a physical room.
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