In period, scribes were the people who could write. Often, they were monks or nuns who worked in a scriptorium to produce beautiful illuminated books and manuscripts. Later in period, scribes became more secularized, and scriptoria became more like the artist workshops that also cropped up in the Renaissance.
Scribes in the SCA
In the SCA, scribes are the volunteers who produce the beautiful award scrolls that are handed out during courts. The calligraphy and illumination on the scrolls is often on par with a medieval book of hours or grant of arms.
Origins of Error
- Scribes and Scribal Tools in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
- Atlantian A&S Links: Scribal Arts
- The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It bridges the gap between a diverse user community and the limited resources of libraries by means of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloguing.