Manuscript fragments, the lone survivors of medieval books which have been dismembered or destroyed, can be found in collections all over the world, and it takes some serious detective work to bring them back together. This week, Danièle speaks with Lisa Fagin Davis about how fragments are tracked down and reassembled, and what we can learn from these forgotten treasures of the Middle Ages.
Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis is the Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America and is an Adjunct Faculty at the School of Library and Information Science of Simmons University. You can learn more about her work on Manuscript Road Trip, or follow Lisa on Twitter @lisafdavis
Say hello to Beauvais Missal leaf no. 113! It was found at a small antique store in Canandaigua, NY. The buyer will send me better images when it has been removed from the frame, but for now, here it is! From the Commons, probably the Common of Confessor Popes. Amazing find!❤️ pic.twitter.com/4igAb38rK0
— Lisa Fagin Davis (@lisafdavis) July 5, 2022
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Top Image: Fragment of a Leaf from a Missal, created between 1425 and 1450 – now at the University of Victoria – Wikimedia Commons