Category: Manuscripts Division

Total Eclipse of the Collections

Total Eclipse of the Collections

The phenomenon of an eclipse has always sparked intrigue and fascination. Many early civilizations saw eclipses as a sign of impending doom. They have inspired medieval mathematicians to calculate the movement of celestial objects and predict future occurrences.

Our Favorite Things #5: A 15th Century Book of Hours

Our Favorite Things #5: A 15th Century Book of Hours

I love books of hours in general and find them so beautiful, just knowing how much painstaking work went into creating a manuscript like the kinds we see from the 1400s-1500s–from making the parchment to doing all of the lettering and detail work and copying to binding the book to adding illustrations and gilt; it always results in a truly special and unique object.

Wordless Wednesday #41

Wordless Wednesday #41

Selected by April C. Armstrong *14

An Illuminated Book of Psalms

An Illuminated Book of Psalms

Princeton University hosts a wonderful site entitled “Middle Ages For Educators”, which is designed to bring experts and primary sources to those who teach the Middle Ages in schools and colleges.  It has a lot of video resources, and I was asked to make one about ten minutes long.

Wordless Wednesday #40

Wordless Wednesday #40

Selected by April C. Armstrong *14

Wordless Wednesday #37

Wordless Wednesday #37

Selected by Adrienne Rusinko

John Hancock in Baltimore

John Hancock in Baltimore

In 1776, the Continental Congress moved from Philadelphia to Baltimore under pressure from the British. And it was from Baltimore that the President of the Congress, John Hancock wrote this letter to the Honorable Assembly of the State of Delaware on January 31, 1777. 

Wordless Wednesday #32

Wordless Wednesday #32

Selected by Adrienne Rusinko

Two Heads Are Better Than One

Two Heads Are Better Than One

By Will Noel As a child I was fascinated by a story that there were two heads of John the Baptist – one of him as a young man and one of him looking a bit older, both preserved as relics in French churches only […]

Wordless Wednesday #30

Wordless Wednesday #30

Selected by Emma Sarconi