What is scriptorium?

  • (noun): A room in a monastery that is set aside for writing or copying manuscripts.

Scriptorium

Scriptorium, literally "a place for writing", is commonly used to refer to a room in medieval European monasteries devoted to the copying of manuscripts by monastic scribes. Written accounts, surviving buildings, and archaeological excavations all show, however, that contrary to popular belief such rooms rarely existed: most monastic writing was done in cubicle-like recesses in the cloister, or in the monks' own cells. References in modern scholarly writings to 'scriptoria' more usually refer to the collective written output of a monastery, rather than to a physical room.

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Some articles on scriptorium:

Monastery Of Christ In The Desert - Internet Pioneers: The Scriptorium @ ChristDesert
... The monastery and their web scriptorium made the front page of numerous publications worldwide in feature stories distributed via the AP wire (in 1995) and the NY Times wire (in 1996) ... The monastery's web scriptorium led to the foundation of an independent research project called NextScribe ...
Helmarshausen Abbey - Scriptorium and Goldsmith's Workshop
... significance as the home of an especially skilled scriptorium and goldsmith's workshop, producing illuminated books and manuscripts, liturgical and ornamental pieces in gold for church use, and jewellery ... The scriptorium at Helmarshausen Abbey also produced the Gospels of Henry the Lion, an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels (or gospel book) written between about 1176 and 1188 by ...
Carolingian Minuscule - Creation
... scholar Alcuin of York to run his palace school and scriptorium at his capital, Aachen ... classic models, and later from the influential scriptorium at Marmoutier Abbey (Tours), where Alcuin withdrew from court service as an abbot in 796 and restructured the scriptorium ...
Jerry Pattengale - Career & Education
... served as Director of Education for The Scriptorium Center for Christian Antiquities established by the late multi-millionaire financeer Robert Van Kampen ... He helped facilitate the Scriptorium's two international conferences held at Van Kampen's former Hampton Court Manor House, in Herefordshire, co-sponsored with the ... During his time at The Scriptorium, Pattengale also acted as liaison in local middle school classrooms that were participating in The Scriptorium's ...
Scriptorium - The Role of Books and Transcription in Monastic Life
... spent their entire life in an ill-lit scriptorium ... One prior complained in the tenth century The director of a monastic scriptorium was the armarius ("provisioner"), who provided the scribes with their materials and supervised the ...