The covering letter of a 17th-century font maker

As I was going through an interesting collection of manuscripts, I discovered a curious text handwritten on a piece of paper. The writing may be dated to the 17th century, but it’s not clear who wrote it or why. It is about the job of a font or type maker. That’s the person who designsContinue reading “The covering letter of a 17th-century font maker”

How to write and publish in the Middle Ages: Eadmer and St Anselm

We moderns easily forget that the medieval texts we read in manuscript or in print are the result of a complex process of composition; that writers didn’t just ‘pen’ words and sentences as they came to them; that we are not the only ones to struggle on the agonising road from ‘idea’ to ‘final draft’.Continue reading “How to write and publish in the Middle Ages: Eadmer and St Anselm”