Biblia pauperum


Biblia pauperum
Lit. *'Bibles of the poor'. These Bibles were in fact versions replete with illustrations but with little text. As with paintings on the walls of churches, they were intended to teach the illiterate. Such books are also known as 'block books', that is they were made from wood blocks onto which the picture and minimal text were engraved for printing. (This was before Gutenberg and the use of movable type.) These Bibles first appeared during the 13c.

Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. .


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