doorsandgates:

Three interior arches. Fountains Abbey. North Yorkshire. 
July 2014.

doorsandgates:

Three interior arches. Fountains Abbey. North Yorkshire. 

July 2014.

via innerbohemienne:

The Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas (or ‘Giant Book”) is also known as “The Devil’s Bible.” A curious illustration of Lucifer gives the tome its nickname.

The 13th-century manuscript is thought to have been created solely by a Herman the Recluse, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice near Chrudim in Czech Republic. The calligraphy style is amazingly uniform throughout, believed to have taken 25 to 30 years  of work. There are no notable mistakes or omissions.  Pigment analysis revealed the ink to be consistent throughout. The book is enormous - it  measures 36.2” tall, 19.3” wide, and 8.6” thick; it weighs approximately 165 pounds. There are 310 vellum  leaves (620 pages).  The leaves are bound in a wooden folder covered with leather and ornate metal.

The manuscript is elaborately illuminated in red, blue, yellow, green and gold.  The entire document is written in Latin, and also contains Hebrew, Greek, and Slavic Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabets. The first part of the text includes the Vulgate version of the Bible.  Between the Old and New Testaments are Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews and De bello iudaico, as well as Isidore of Seville's encyclopedia Etymologiae and medical works of Hippocrates, Theophilus, Philaretus, and Constantinus.  Following a blank page, the New Testament commences.

Beginning the second part is a depiction of the devil.  Directly opposite is a full picture of the kingdom of heaven, juxtaposing the “good versus evil.”  The second half, following the picture of the devil, is Cosmas of Prague's Chronicle of Bohemia.  A list of brothers in the Podlažice monastery and a calendar with necrologium, magic formulae and other local records round out the codex.  Record entries end in the year 1229CE.

In 1648 at the end of the Thirty Years’ War, the Swedish army invaded Prague and the Codex was stolen as plunder.  It is now held at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm.  For more information, check out this short National Geographic documentary and/or flip through this digital copy.

( Wikipedia entry, et. al)

Several short National Geographic videos ~

One Helluva Book

Who Wrote The Devil’s Bible?

Super-human Scribe

The Devil’s Bible - Part 1.flv  (9:59) (derived from full video bleow)

The Devil’s Bible - Part 2.flv  (9:59) (derived from full video below)

** If you have the least amount of intellectual curiosity or interest in history, the short vids above will only whet your appetite: might as well grab a cold drink & some popcorn, then settle in to watch the whole thing ~

NatGeo : The Devil’s Bible - Full video  (44:58)

(Source: bhilluminated.wordpress.com, via bookpatrol)

Deanery Bookstall, Winchester Cathedral

Deanery Bookstall, Winchester Cathedral

Unsurprisingly bad photos from the unsurprisingly fantastic End of the Road Festival, Dorset, August 2014.

1. The Gene Clark No Other Band (the reason we went in the first place), after a delicious note for note tribute to Clark’s No Other album, closes their magnificent Friday night set with a ripping Eight Miles High.
2. Attractive stuff brightening up the trees of the gardens. It was quite delightful sitting in the garden listening to loud good music.
3. The Flaming Lips consuming three-fourths of the UK’s available power for their Saturday night set, causing brownouts everywhere.
4. The Rails (Kami Thompson and James Walbourne) warming up.
5. The one and only Richard Thompson, national treasure even though he’s lived in LA for decades. Kami (daughter) and James (son-in-law) helped him close out his set.

Next year I bring a real camera.

Anonymous said: imagine a dragon who hoarded librarians and every so often knights come to rescue them and the librarians get very upset because the dragon is quiet and reshelves everything neatly and the knights are Very Annoying

niwandajones:

accrementitious:

gallifreyanconsultingdetective:

can I just

Yes please?

This is wonderful, assuming the dragon also shelves things correctly. Lord knows that the knights wouldn’t.

houghtonlib:

Catholic Church. Book of Hours and Missal : manuscript, [between 1485 and 1490].

MS Typ 443.1

Houghton Library, Harvard University

houghtonlib:

Catholic Church. Hore intemerate Virginis Marie secundum vsum Romanum incipiunt feliciter. [Paris : Antoine Vérard, 8 February 1489/90]
Typ Inc 8414.5
Houghton Library, Harvard University

houghtonlib:

Catholic Church. Hore intemerate Virginis Marie secundum vsum Romanum incipiunt feliciter. [Paris : Antoine Vérard, 8 February 1489/90]

Typ Inc 8414.5

Houghton Library, Harvard University

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doorsandgates:

Windows. East facade. Fountains Abbey. North Yorkshire. 
July 2014.

doorsandgates:

Windows. East facade. Fountains Abbey. North Yorkshire. 

July 2014.

doorsandgates:

Doorway. Fountains Abbey. North Yorkshire. 
July 2014.

doorsandgates:

Doorway. Fountains Abbey. North Yorkshire. 

July 2014.