A love story hidden in a hat
You are looking at a medieval book from c. 1270, but it has a most unusual shape - and a most ironic story. In fact, you are looking at fragments of a such a book, which form a research passion of mine. In the early-modern period bookbinders cut up medieval manuscripts because the handwritten objects had become old-fashioned after the invention of printing. As a result, we encounter snippets of manuscripts on the inside of bookbindings, as I explain in this blog about such beautiful destruction - a more recent discovery is presented in this blog.
Occasionally the recycled parchment sheets were used for other purposes: the pages in this image form the lining of a bishop’s mitre - onto which the cloth was subsequently pasted. What’s remarkable about the hat is not just that the poor bishop had a bunch of hidden medieval pages on his head, but that they were cut from a Norwegian translation of Old French love poetry (so-called lais). Lovers were chasing each other through dark corridors, maidens were frolicking in the fields, knights were butchering each other over nothing. All the while the oblivious bishop was performing the rites of the Holy Mass. It’s a wonderful historical clash; as well as the mother of all irony.
Pic: Copenhagen, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, MS AM 666 b 4to (c. 1270, Strengleikar, Norse translation of Old French love poems). More information about this wicked item here.
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Our book processor found many book doodles while going through this 1904 copy of Karl Heinrich, Erazhlung von Wilhelm Meyer-Forster. [Stein PT2625 E9 K37 1904] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #bookdoodles #marginalia #germanliterature #illustrations #caricatiures #caricatures #cartoons #20thcentury
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This is one of my favourite inscriptions in my bookshelf.
Always be a happy child.
From my music teacher.
The love of books. My library is an archive of longings. — Susan Sontag 4/26/80, As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980
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The secret is out. That mysterious Abrams trailer was for a book , which he conceived and then commissioned from novelist Doug Dorst.
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