Learn about the playful pen flourishes, or penwork, and the decorated initials that appear in a small Book of Hours that was created in the Northern Low Countries (Netherlands) during the fifteenth century.
This post introduces readers to a once popular but now obsolete use of the term "common sense," as it is presented in Gregor Reisch (1467-1525)'s enormously popular text book, Margarita Philosophica, first printed in 1503.
A Pride Month post featuring the life and work of gay Greek-Alexandrian poet Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis, better known to English readers as Constantine Cavafy, or just C.P. Cavafy, and connecting him to materials in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress.
Learn about a fifteenth-century Middle English manuscript at the Library of Congress that contains information about the monastic library and community for which it was created. This manuscript was used by women, likely commissioned by women, and copied from a French Rule of St. Benedict probably by a female scribe.
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