Lit. 'writing room' (in a monastery). The only means of reproducing any text or of making books was by hand until the advent of the printing press, c. 1458. The scribe was a crucial part of society, writing letters for the illiterate, copying literary and legal texts or the Bible, or producing great works such as the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Book of Cerne, or the Book of Kells. A goose quill was used for text with ink made from gum and galls. Although many texts were illustrated in monasteries, by the 14c there were lay professionals who might be commissioned by an individual to produce something like the Luttrell Psalter or by a monastery which lacked the skills. A Bible might take three or four years. There had been scriptoria in monasteries since the 7c. -

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  • scriptorium — 1774, from L.L. scriptorium place for writing, neut. of L. scriptorius pertaining to writing, from L. scriptus, pp. of scribere to write (see SCRIPT (Cf. script)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Scriptorium — Scrip*to ri*um, n.; pl. {Scriptoria}. [LL. See {Scriptory}.] In an abbey or monastery, the room set apart for writing or copying manuscripts; in general, a room devoted to writing. [1913 Webster] Writing rooms, or scriptoria, where the chief… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scriptorium — /skrip tɔrjum/ s. neutro, lat. mediev. (propr. stilo; luogo di copiatura dei manoscritti ), usato in ital. al masch. (eccles., filol.) [nell alto medioevo, l ambiente annesso a una chiesa, oppure a un monastero, e la relativa scuola, dove gli… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • scriptorium — [skrip tôr′ē əm] n. pl. scriptoria [skrip tôr′ēə] [ML < L scriptus: see SCRIPT1] a writing room; esp., a room in a monastery for copying manuscripts, writing, and studying …   English World dictionary

  • Scriptorium — Esta miniatura del siglo XV de Jean Miélot (muerto en 1472)[1] representa al propio autor trabajando, precisamente mientras compila sus Miracles de Nostre Dame, en los que esta miniatura aparece. El término scriptorium …   Wikipedia Español

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  • scriptorium — /skrip tawr ee euhm, tohr /, n., pl. scriptoriums, scriptoria / tawr ee euh, tohr /. a room, as in a monastery, library, or other institution, where manuscripts are stored, read, or copied. [1765 75; < ML scriptorium; see SCRIPT, TORY2] * * * ▪… …   Universalium

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