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Author Archive for Evina Steinova

Call for Papers: ‘Namque ego suetus eram hos libros legisse frequenter’: Early Medieval Practices of Reading and Writing

Huygens ING, Den Haag, The Netherlands Date: 3-5 June 2015 This is a call for papers for a conference on the subject of books, practices of writing, reading, copying and studying in the early Middle Ages. It is organized by the research project ‘Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages (c. 800 – c. 1000)’, which seeks to map the phenomenon of writing in the blank space of manuscripts (in the margin, in between the lines, on fly-leaves or inserted […]

Conference report: Expert Meeting Voices from the Edge

Expert Meeting Voices from the Edge Huygens ING, Den Haag – Universiteitsbibliotheek, Leiden 13th-14th November, 2014 Some weeks ago, our project Marginal Scholarship has hosted a small conference on the subject of marginal annotations in early medieval Latin manuscripts. This phenomenon is increasingly seen as important for our understanding of early medieval intellectual culture and our meeting tried to bring together some of the recurring themes in the research of early medieval practices of annotating. Our opening speaker was David Ganz who charted the […]

Notam superponere studui: the use of technical signs in the Carolingian period

1000 Worte Forschung: PhD project in History, Huygens ING/Utrecht University If you were asked to pinpoint a scientist in a crowd, how would you recognize one? Or if you were asked to identify a scientific publication among other books, how would you be able to tell it is one? And what would you do if you were to identify scientists, scientific books and scientific institutions from five hundred or thousand years ago, when the scientific world looked quite different from how it looks now? […]

Asteriscos et obelos suis locis restitui – the revision of the Psalter during the Carolingian Renaissance

The Carolingian period is chiefly remembered as a period of renovatio. In joint cooperation, the Carolingian dynasty and intellectual elites saw to revision of a number of practices and texts. Some of the artifacts of these reforms and their agents are well-known. There is Paul the Deacon and his Homiliary, which provided a model sequence of sermons for the whole year; there is Alcuin and his revised Bible, which became the version disseminated by the scriptorium of Tours; there is Benedict of Aniane and […]

Carolingian Critters IV: Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, BPL 67F. A peep into the workshop of a ‘text engineer’

After some time, I am back with news from the world of Carolingian manuscripts. My critter this time is manuscript BPL 67F of the University Library of the University of Leiden, a collection of different glossographic texts from the late eighth or the early ninth century that came into being in northeastern France.[1] Such collections were relatively common in the course of the eighth and the ninth centuries. They were, in fact, the most common form in which glossographic texts, i.e. texts concerned with […]