Exquisite illuminated medieval manuscript you may not know but recognize

Sundays are a great day to catch up on books–why not book appreciation? Remembering a time when books were cherished, even revered.

The marvelous late-medieval illuminated pages of the Isabella Breviary are often familiar even if you don’t realize where they were from. Enjoy!

http://www.medievalists.net/2018/07/artists-isabella-breviary/

One Discovery Can Change All of History

This is a really nice example of how a single discovery or breakthrough can change all of history. Of course, the iconoclasts who love the existing history books have to be flexible and allow it to happen! Cracking the Rosetta Stone: BIG, big deal.  Dead Sea Scrolls: not as earth-shattering as you might think. Go figure.

We’ve had the Voynich manuscript in our hot little hands for centuries, yet because no one had cracked the code, we haven’t known exactly what it was we had. Now because of computers, that may all finally change. As was noted in Star Trek: the Next Generation, “As far as we know, it might just be a recipe for biscuits” (The Chase).

But it will be fun to finally find out.