The Book: Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript

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Explore the process of creation, and the relationship between making and meaning, in the illuminated medieval manuscript of the western Middle Ages.


Introduction

Explore the process of creation, and the relationship between making and meaning, in the illuminated medieval manuscript of the western Middle Ages.

About this course

As books go digital? we can appreciate what is gained in terms of convenience, accessibility, and interconnectedness. However, we should also consider what is lost as texts transition to a digital sphere.

This module of The Book: Histories Across Time and Space seeks to re-introduce learners to the codex? a handwritten and hand-constructed book – as a three-dimensional object whose characteristics produce meaning in the experience of the reader.

This module is designed to walk you through the process of making a medieval manuscript. Using a wide variety of examples from the collections of Harvard’s Houghton Library, it will familiarize you with basic terms and concepts and give you a feel? for the shapes, sizes, formats, materials, and considerations of craft that went into the making of the book as we know it.

Throughout the Middle Ages, there existed an intimate relationship between making and meaning. Codices were tactile as well as visual objects designed to engage multiple senses. In the illuminated manuscript, it is often impossible to distinguish neatly between text and image; rather, letters assume imagistic forms and images take the form of letters.

Bookmakers were sensitive to the interplay of materials, from the parchment of the pages to the wooden boards, designed to protect the contents. Each of these elements conditioned a reader’s interaction with the book. Bookmaking required a significant material investment. The production process was laborious and lengthy, involving many separate stages and craftsmen.

Brooks participated in a wide range of ritual, liturgical, devotional, educational, and practical contexts, each of which in turn conditioned the presentation and reception of both their form and content.

What you will learn?

  • The relationship between making and meaning in a medieval manuscript.
  • How readers and listeners experienced books in the Middle Ages.
  • The process, shapes, sizes, formats, materials, and considerations of craft went into the making of a medieval manuscript.

Syllabus on Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript

  • ‘The Book: Histories Across Time and Space’

  • Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript

  • Materials

  • Formats

  • Medieval Manuscript: Producing a Manuscript

  • Medieval Manuscript: Models and Modelbooks

  • Bookbinding

  • Making and Meaning Quiz

  • Paleography Writ Large

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  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Instructor-led
  • Beginner
  • 1-3 Months
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Ancient languages Books and Manuscripts
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Introduction

Explore the process of creation, and the relationship between making and meaning, in the illuminated medieval manuscript of the western Middle Ages.

About this course

As books go digital? we can appreciate what is gained in terms of convenience, accessibility, and interconnectedness. However, we should also consider what is lost as texts transition to a digital sphere.

This module of The Book: Histories Across Time and Space seeks to re-introduce learners to the codex? a handwritten and hand-constructed book – as a three-dimensional object whose characteristics produce meaning in the experience of the reader.

This module is designed to walk you through the process of making a medieval manuscript. Using a wide variety of examples from the collections of Harvard’s Houghton Library, it will familiarize you with basic terms and concepts and give you a feel? for the shapes, sizes, formats, materials, and considerations of craft that went into the making of the book as we know it.

Throughout the Middle Ages, there existed an intimate relationship between making and meaning. Codices were tactile as well as visual objects designed to engage multiple senses. In the illuminated manuscript, it is often impossible to distinguish neatly between text and image; rather, letters assume imagistic forms and images take the form of letters.

Bookmakers were sensitive to the interplay of materials, from the parchment of the pages to the wooden boards, designed to protect the contents. Each of these elements conditioned a reader’s interaction with the book. Bookmaking required a significant material investment. The production process was laborious and lengthy, involving many separate stages and craftsmen.

Brooks participated in a wide range of ritual, liturgical, devotional, educational, and practical contexts, each of which in turn conditioned the presentation and reception of both their form and content.

What you will learn?

  • The relationship between making and meaning in a medieval manuscript.
  • How readers and listeners experienced books in the Middle Ages.
  • The process, shapes, sizes, formats, materials, and considerations of craft went into the making of a medieval manuscript.

Syllabus on Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript

  • ‘The Book: Histories Across Time and Space’

  • Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript

  • Materials

  • Formats

  • Medieval Manuscript: Producing a Manuscript

  • Medieval Manuscript: Models and Modelbooks

  • Bookbinding

  • Making and Meaning Quiz

  • Paleography Writ Large

Note: Your review matters 

If you have already done this course, kindly drop your review in our reviews section. It would help others to get useful information and better insight into the course offered.

FAQ

Specification:

  • EDX
  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Instructor-led
  • Beginner
  • 1-3 Months
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Ancient languages Books and Manuscripts

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