Medieval Literature and Poetry Illuminated Manuscripts

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Medieval Literature and Poetry/ Illuminated Manuscripts The Middle Ages was a period of about one thousand years, between the collapse of the Roman Empire during the fifth century AD and the revival of classical art and learning known as the Renaissance around the fifteenth century. During this dark and chaotic period small groups of devout Christians could live with security and pursue a religious life. These people were doing something that almost no one else could do at the time- reading and writing. They were making something that almost no one else could make or have any use for- books. The first of these books was the Bible, and as time passed, more forms of literature such as poetry and illuminated manuscripts were…show more content…
The first stage in the productions of the manuscript was the preparation of pages, made of specially prepared animal skin called vellum. Usually the skins of sheep, goats, or calves were used. The skins were cleaned in running water for a day or so, soaked in a solution of water and lime for several days to loosen the hair, scraped with knife to remove the hairs, then rinsed and stretched on wood frames to dry. While on the stretchers, the skins were scraped and rubbed to make them thin and even. The next stage in this process was the writing of the text by a scribe. Scribes trained for many years to develop graceful and uniform writing of the text by a scribe. Scribes trained for many years to develop graceful and uniform writing. The ink colors usually used by the scribe were black and red. Next, the illuminator painted the decorations for the manuscripts. The term illumination derives from the frequent use of gold and silver, which reflected light and literally made the page appear to be lit from within. Now the manuscripts was ready for binding. The folded pages were stacked up and sewn together with thick thread, and the illuminated manuscript was now complete. The Middle Ages was a period where many renowned works of literature and art were created. The illuminated

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