Fun Fridays – April 6, 2018

Hard to imagine in these days of the printing press that at one time a book was handcrafted. In addition, some were illuminated or adorned with elaborate artwork. Today’s video is a six minute presentation on the craft of hand-printed illuminated manuscripts.


12 Responses to Fun Fridays – April 6, 2018

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    Brennan S. McPherson April 6, 2018 at 3:21 am #

    Wwwwwwow. That’s fascinating. Irish film-makers made an animated film about Scripture text illuminators (one of my favorite animated films ever), called the Secret of Kells, which is inspired by an actual book called the Book of Kells (an illuminated text of the four Gospels that’s considered Ireland’s finest national treasure). The movie, of course, sadly blends pagan ideas with some Christian ideas, and so it’s totally secular and confused from its viewpoint of religion and morality. But it is an amazing film.

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      Sister Georjean April 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

      This is amazing!!!!! thank you for sharing! Surely makes us grateful for the vast wisdom the Lord created man to be capable of in producing the recording of information!

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    Carolyn Knefely April 6, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    Enjoyable history lesson. Thanks for sharing. Share on.

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    Bob April 6, 2018 at 6:50 am #

    Very interesting and painstaking. Was this the first attempt at self-publishing? 🙂

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    Marcia Laycock April 6, 2018 at 8:43 am #

    Fascinating. A friend gave me a copy of French’s Study of Words, published in 1880 – it’s a collection of lectures at the Diocesan Training School, Winchester England. Such a treasure – leather bound and edged in gold. Just holding it makes me feel happy! 🙂

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D April 6, 2018 at 10:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing this, Steve. Authors would really need to have something to say, for someone to go to such effort!

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    Claire O'Sullivan April 6, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    I haven’t watched this yet. Let me tell you why…

    This was in my email box at 5:03 a.m. My jaw fell open. No, not a cliché. I was ever-so-thankful that I wasn’t in the midst of a cup of coffee.

    I might mention a factoid or several. This time for “normal” people does not exist. Ever. Even in ancient days, daytime was 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This means you are not normal. You are an anomaly (with the exception of bakers and hapless night-shifters). I hope/pray Gmail was sleeping during the night and delayed this email by oh, like … six hours, at least.

    Do you milk the cows and feed the chickens, first? That ‘may be’ forgivable, er … semi-normal. Plowing the sand before the heat arises with the sun (which, by the way, doesn’t rise that early either)?

    After the shock ceased, I decided a rebuke might be in order (lol). The angels are not awake at that hour, unless they are those poor winged chariot-driven angels tasked by God to take folks quietly into that good night (plagiarism, fine)–and that, is the night shift.

    For the love that is all holy, man! I would hate to call the nice men in white suits for that five-one-five-oh.

    Now, off to watch the 6 minute video.



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      Steve Laube April 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      Full disclosure:
      The blog is pre-scheduled to post at 3am Monday-Friday.

      Then email subscribers receive the post a couple hours later. We use an email service to automate that process. The blog has to post first, then the email system picks up the feed and sends it out.

      Trust me. None of us are not sitting at a desk in the early morning waiting to click “publish.”

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        claire o'sullivan April 6, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

        Thank you — I am much relieved. I can cease hovering my finger over 911.

        It was close. You dodged that (PC) projectile.


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    Claire O'Sullivan April 6, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Très cool. I thought of many things.

    Like …

    1. Now we know what to do with all those left over cattle/goat/sheep skins after the butchering complete (apologies to my vegan and vegetarian friends).
    2. A lot of jobs creation for the millions of books out there today.
    3. High school, ‘Shop,’ ‘Graphic arts.’ College classes to continue these arts.
    4. Improved schooling in spelling and grammar.
    5. Me? I’d be scraping words away all day for the edits.
    6. More editors… prior to the scraping.
    7. The very reason why the Hebrew nation used…scrolls.
    8. The environmental concept of saving trees.
    9. How to stop McDonald’s concept of writing, publishing. You have a blog on ‘the waiting game.’ This describes it to a T (yep, a cliché).
    10. Developing patience, determination and discipline.
    11. Publishing might be dodgy, however. Imagine a book made… what if it doesn’t fit the niche? There you have it: the need to write the synopsis and the agent to nod or push off the slush pile.

    And that’s it. If anyone out there sees something I haven’t, please let me know. I can pitch this to the cattle association, schools, colleges, the environmentalists (who are not vegan/vegetarian), and of course … arts and a wee bit of comedy. Oh, wait. I have to leave and scrape my MS a bit more.


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    Janet Ann Collins April 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

    No wonder so few people could read back then. Books were only for the wealthy, and now I understand why.

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    Tisha Martin April 7, 2018 at 11:48 pm #

    So cool! This is why adult books need illustrations! 😉

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