The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages
Let's take a journey in this online exhibition through society of medieval Europe to discover the rich palette in which reading manifested.
A journey through society of medieval Europe to discover how reading manifested
Chapter on development of reading in European national languages
Stories on monastic life
Melodic notation for the public recitation of the Bible in mass
6th century guide for communal religious life adopted by several monastic orders
The Bible is not so much one book, as it's a collection of texts. Explore this gallery of its different books.
Stories connected with medieval court culture
What coins where used in the Middle Ages and how far they travelled
Female literacy during the Middle Ages was surprisingly high and many women encouraged reading and learning.
How the Frankish noble family helped popularise and standardise written text as we know it now
Desktops, books carousels, lamps and candles were helpful when reading or writing in the Middle Ages.
Stories on city life in the Middle Ages
Discover how 15th-century scribe advertised his products in the medieval mansucripts
How the page layout evolved during the early years of the printed book
Learn about 13th century female semi-religious orders who created and transmitted vernacular literature
Rhetorical and philosophical teaching of Marcus Tullius Cicero
Videos, learning scenarios and worksheets for educators
Join 8 show-and-tell sessions exploring unique artefacts in the reading room of the Leiden University Library
Manuscripts per century
Discover manuscript collections
The book of hours is a Christian devotional book used to pray the canonical hours
Discover other collections
Flat, usually round, piece of material used as a medium of exchange to facilitate trade
Poet and court writer for King Charles VI of France and several French dukes.
One of Ancient Rome's greatest poets, whose work work has had wide influence on Western literature