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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[1] depicts the author at work: he is shown compiling his Miracles de Nostre Dame, in which this miniature appears.Scriptorium,[2] 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[citation needed] 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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