Size Matters (Part 2): Giant Medieval Manuscripts!

Talk about really big books ….


By Jenny Weston

In last week’s blogpost, Irene O’Daly explored the world of portable books — manuscripts that are small enough (and light enough) to be carried around by the user. In today’s post we shift our attention to the opposite end of the ‘size-spectrum’ and examine some of the largest manuscripts ever produced in the Middle Ages.

Book1 Late-Medieval Choir Books

While most medieval manuscripts are of a size that could be easily picked up and carried, there are some books that are so large and so heavy that it would take two (or more) people to move them.

Among these are volumes known as ‘Giant Bibles’. These books typically contain a complete collection of the Old and New Testaments and present huge dimensions. One particularly famous large-format Bible is an early thirteenth-century pandect known as the Codex Gigas, which measures (a whopping) 890 x 490 mm and weighs over 165 pounds. In addition to…

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About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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16 Responses to Size Matters (Part 2): Giant Medieval Manuscripts!

  1. lahowlett says:

    I like big books and I can not lie!

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 🙂


  2. viktoryarch says:

    It’s my pleasure to nominate you with a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Thank you for your inspiration.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I doubt it, but I’ll take it! Kevin Brennan nominated me for several long ago but I felt so undeserving and such a “newbie,” I declined them (: Working on all the arduous rules and regs involved right now for accepting this “Inspirational” laurel. One is not just “dubbed” a Very Inspiring Blogger. Ho no, lots of work involved 🙂 You’ll see soon


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