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Medieval Writing Surfaces: An Interview With Dr. Mary Watt

Medieval Writing Surfaces: An Interview With Dr. Mary Watt

Dr. Mary Watt of the University of Florida talks with Mead Bowen about what people in the Middle Ages wrote on: parchment and vellum, answering questions, such as:

  • What is the difference between parchment and vellum?
  • In which regions was parchment commoner, as opposed to where vellum was commoner?
  • Could you explain the processes behind vellum and parchment production?
  • When did mass-produced paper emerge?
  • What kind of ink would scribes use on parchment or vellum?
  • How would someone bind the pages into a book or into a manuscript?



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