Every so often, these scribes would add winging and moaning into their...

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

Every so often, these scribes would add winging and moaning into their marginalia. Below are some genuine inserts from manuscripts that prove that monks weren’t always keen on their task at hand:

“New parchment, bad ink: I say nothing more.”

“I am very cold.”

“That’s a hard page and weary work to read it.”

“Thank God, it will soon be dark.”

“Oh, my hand.”

“Now I’ve written the whole thing; for Christ’s sake give me a drink.”

“As the harbour is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to a scribe.”

“Writing is excessive drudgery. It crooks your back, it dims your sight, it twists your stomach and your sides.”

Were reading and writing always unpopular?

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Playboyize
Playboyize

“I am very cold.”
lol

I love the one about Summa Theologica, how it was difficult and tedious for the scribe, deo gratias, deo gratias, and again, deo gratias

PackManBrainlure
PackManBrainlure

Printing was worth inventing just to avoid this bullshit

Emberburn
Emberburn

please, imagine having to hand set each individual letter. and you cant even add a snide remark to let the world know you existed

PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

While many scribes had anxieties about working with such precious materials, others directed their complaints to the content of the work itself: “Whoever translated these Gospels did a very poor job!”

Veeky Forumsfags shitting on translations a thousand years ago

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

"This is sad! O little book! A day will come in truth when someone over your page will say, "The hand that wrote it is no more.""

askme
askme

“Thank God, it will soon be dark.”
Just found the title for my new doom-folk album.

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Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

delete this

Spazyfool
Spazyfool

It's a Veeky Forums doesn't understand what life was life was like for bookfags
You would have to spend hours upon hours writing into a pieces upon pieces of parchment - pieces where if you made a single mistake you would have to scrap the whole page - trying to shit out a book you've made dozens of times until your hands cramp.

likme
likme

Donald Trump will never come out with a Doom folk album
Why even live?

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Snarelure
Snarelure

monks are underrated

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TreeEater
TreeEater

Where did you get this marginalia? I would like to read more.

Supergrass
Supergrass

First know sentence written down in dutch was a marginalia as well.

Hebban olla uogala nestas hagunnan hinase hi(c) (a)nda thu uuat unbidan uue nu

translation: Alle vogels zijn nesten begonnen, behalve ik en jij. Waar wachten wij nu op?

or in english : All the birds have started building their nest except for you and me. What are we waiting for?

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Lunatick
Lunatick

You've got to wonder, did monks ever get the temptation to fuck with the text? I imagine if you're sitting down, scribbling down the only copy of some mind-numbing book on kitchen etiquette or something, if you wouldn't feel like throwing in random "FATHER GIOVANNI IS A FOOL" in the middle of a paragraph or something.

Lord_Tryzalot
Lord_Tryzalot

Try handrighting for 8hours a day beautifully with no mistakes in a dim candle light.
Yea its hard work that is why it was don almost exclusively by monk. As a tribute to God in a way.

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

Im sure they did, but controlling themselves is part of being a monk.
And am sure the punishment for something like that is saver and he would have to scribe the gospel for penance.

Gigastrength
Gigastrength

proceeds from the Father
AND THE SON LOL

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Firespawn
Firespawn

dat feel

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

D E L E T

Nojokur
Nojokur

A lot of them didn't even know how to read properly, so that wasn't possible. They were just copying characters one after another, one at a time, from one page to another. If they could read they'd probably feel more inclined to correct an error they saw before they got any inclination to start fucking with it.

Skullbone
Skullbone

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Supergrass
Supergrass

This is so sad! O little book! A day will come in truth when someone over your page will say, "The hand that wrote it is no more."
Why did OP leave out the best (worst) one?

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Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

"Deliver me from writing" is the best one, though.

girlDog
girlDog

I took a class on the Irish transmission of classical texts last year, and recall one monk who called himself 'Virgil the Grammarian' who wrote texts on Latin grammar that are so odd they appear to be elaborate parodies of monastic tradition.

He would write something about the form of Latin grammar and then cite his source by saying 'Aeneas told me this' or say 'there are actually 12 kinds of Latin, but people these days only use one of them.' So I think there were definitely some early academic pranksters, considering scholars who look at this particular monk's work don't have much of a consensus on what to take seriously.

girlDog
girlDog

Fascinating

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BinaryMan
BinaryMan

shitposting in 9th century AD
What a legend

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

*destroys all traces of paganism*
Nothing personal, kiddo.

Raving_Cute
Raving_Cute

thank god for these men of men.

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

implying people have ever changed

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