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Founded in 1946 and published biannually, it was the first journal devoted exclusively to the study of all aspects of medieval western MSS. It publishes articles, notes, and reviews ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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2014
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... . The room set apart for scribes to copy...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (4 ed.)

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2021
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... Room assigned in a medieval conventual establishment for the copying and storage of...

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Garner's Modern English Usage (5 ed.)

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... (= a room in which scribes, esp. in medieval monasteries, do their copying) predominantly makes the Latinate plural scriptoria —which makes sense for people who historically were writing primarily in Latin. We don’t have many scriptoria these days, but if we did we might well call them scriptoriums . The original OED editors worked in a hut majestically called a scriptorium . ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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2013
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... (Lat. scriptum , written) A room in, or part of, a monastery in which manuscripts were written and illuminated. Sometimes part of the cloister would be used in good weather. Most of the major monasteries had a scriptorium...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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... A writing-room or place where manuscripts were stored and copied, usually in a religious establishment such as an abbey or monastery...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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... Founded in 1946 and published biannually, it was the first journal devoted exclusively to the study of all aspects of medieval western MSS. It publishes articles, notes, and reviews written in English, French, German, or Dutch, as well as an annual ‘Bulletin codicologique’, an annotated bibliography of its subject. It appears from the Centre d’Étude des Manuscrits (Brussels), under the auspices of the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (Paris) and the Centre International de Codicologie (Brussels). A. S. G. Edwards www.scriptorium...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

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... The room, esp. in a monastery, which was set apart for the scribes to copy MSS. The necessary utensils were provided by a person known as the ‘armarius’. As the scriptorium of a particular monastery (or group of monasteries) often adopted a characteristic script, its affiliations can be of great value to palaeographers in assigning the date and place to a MS. A good instance of such a characteristic style of writing is the school of Tours, and of illumination that of Winchester...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... (Medieval Latin, from scribere , ‘to write’) A writing-room, especially the chamber set apart in the medieval monasteries for the copying of manuscripts. Sir James Murray ( 1837–1915 ) gave the name to the corrugated-iron outhouse in his garden at Mill Hill in which he started the great New English Dictionary (now the Oxford English Dictionary...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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... A commercial, royal, or monastic workshop in which a group of *scribes , and frequently *artists , copied, decorated, or illustrated texts, sometimes over the course of several centuries. MSS common to a scriptorium can often be identified through a ‘house’ style of script or decoration or by consistent codicological practices. Also, the room in which this work takes place. See also manuscript book production ; manuscript illumination ; manuscript studies . Diane J. Reilly J. J. G. Alexander , Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work ...

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Ernst Gamillscheg, Robert S. Nelson, and Alice-Mary Talbot

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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...of the Prodromos on Mt. Menoikeion or on Mt. Athos, esp. at Lavra, Iveron (J. Irigoin, Scriptorium 13 [ 1959 ] 195–204), and Philotheou . The existence of an imperial scriptorium is attested as early as the reign of Constantius II , who commissioned scribes to copy works of ancient Greek literature ( Lemerle , Humanism 58f). Under Constantine VII an imperial scriptorium is also well attested (J. Irigoin, supra 177–81). The best-known private scriptorium is that of the anagnostes Theodore Hagiopetrites, who specialized ca. 1300 (perhaps in...

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
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... A scriptorium (plural: scriptoria; the Latin word means a ‘writing room’), may be a room or premises where the physical process of writing or copying by one or more persons takes place or else it can be a team of scribes, not necessarily working in the same room. Scriptoria in the Middle Ages included groups of monks (or possibly nuns) in monasteries and abbeys, copying and sometimes illuminating religious and scholarly texts, and also teams of scribes in other ecclesiastical, government, and court establishments where documentation of an official...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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2005
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..., “Le scriptorium de Corbie à la fin du VIII e siècle et le problème de l'écriture a-b”, Scr. , 20, 1966, 256-272, 2 pl. J. Dufour , La Bibliothèque et le scriptorium de Moissac , Geneva, 1972. J. Vezin , Les Scriptoria d'Angers au XI e siècle , Paris, 1974. M. Garand , “Le scriptorium de Cluny, carrefour d'influences au XI e siècle”, JS , 1977, 237 f. E. P. McLachlan , The Scriptorium of Bury St. Edmunds in the Twelfth Century , New York, 1984. A. Cohen-Mushlin , A Medieval Scriptorium , Wiesbaden, 1990. F. Gasparri , Le Scriptorium et le...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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... A room designated for the use of *scribes to write or copy MSS, usually in a monastery or nunnery; the term may also be used, more loosely, in post-medieval contexts for the organization of scribes in the commercial production of MSS ( see 13 ). Monastic scriptoria, known from the early 6 th century, had a profound impact on European literary culture and the making of books. The birth of the scriptorium is reflected in Cassiodorus’ monastery at Vivarium in southern Italy, constructed in the second quarter of the 6 th century, and in Benedict’s...

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Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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2008

... . In the compound of Qumran, above Locus 30, which was possibly an assembly hall (as suggested by the remains of a burned, thick mat found on its floor), there was a room that Roland de Vaux, the excavator identified as a scriptorium. [ See the biography of de Vaux .] This term defines a room in medieval monasteries devoted to the activity of scribes. At Qumran a stairway led to the upper room, which must have been well lit and well ventilated. Locus 30 and its counterpart above it are the largest rooms in the compound (approximately 10 meters by 4.2...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture

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2013

...in this dictionary within the relevant articles on religious houses. Bibliography F. Edler : ‘The Monastic Scriptorium’, Thought , vi/2 (Sept 1931), pp. 181–206 W. Horn and E. Born : ‘The Medieval Monastery as a Setting for the Production of Manuscripts’, J. Walters A.G. , xliv (1986), pp. 16–47 E. P. McLachlan : The Scriptorium of Bury St. Edmunds in the Twelfth Century (New York and London, 1986) A. Cohen-Mushlin : A Medieval Scriptorium: Sancta Maria Magdalena de Frankendal (Wiesbaden, 1990) D. Ganz : Corbie in the Carolingian Renaissance ...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2015

...scriptorium . Plural scriptoria (for preference) or scriptoriums. See -um 3...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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2002
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... noun plural scriptoria , scriptoriums L18 Medieval Latin (from script - past participial stem of scribere to write). A room set apart for writing; especially a room in a monastery where manuscripts were...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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