I played in my twelfth century persona for three days. Hawis de Werceworde now has a rudimentary mobile scriptorium. I modified my replica Glastonbury chair so that it now sports an arm with a writing easel. Ideally I would build a whole new chair accurate to the Twelfth century in Northumbria, but this will do for now.
Here is my inspiration:
Image of Eadwine, the Scribe. Cambridge, Trinity College, R. 17. 1
Christ Church Canterbury, c. 1160
Self-portrait of Hugo ‘pictor’ and ‘illuminator’, Oxford, MS Bodley, 717, f. 287v (Jerome on Isaiah) – late 11th-century Jumieges (Normandy)
Image of Lawrence of Durham, Durham, University Library. Ms. Cosin V.III. 1. f. 22v.
I have yet to learn how the thing was actually made or used, but this addition to my existing chair will at least give me some insight into its use. One observation is the cloth to cover the work is common to each image. I wasn’t sure about the ink horn – but Hugo has one, and he is Norman and apparently left handed.
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