TRACES: People and the Book
Our newest text manuscripts catalogue (the sixth in our series) is not about text. Instead, it is about the manuscript and the people who came into contact with it. We examine what physical evidence can reveal about who made manuscripts and how they made them, who used them and in what ways, and how over time up to the present day many different people left their marks, their footprints, on manuscripts.
Today when digital reproductions of medieval manuscripts are widely available, it is vital to recall that even the best reproduction cannot replace the actual physical objects that give us real access to people who handled them long ago.