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Medieval monks saved many works

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Eduard Gr├╝tzner, Three monks over a snack
Eduard Grutzner, Three monks over a snack

If yhere were no medieval monks and copyists, many important ancient works would not have survived to our times. Copyist’s work efficiency was 3-6 cards in quarto per day – in Quarto in letterpress it is a double-folded sheet of paper that consists of four cards and eight pages.

It took a year to rewrite, for example, the “Bible”. A copyist could rewrite 40 works in his lifetime.

  • William Birney, Did the monks preserve the latin classics?
  • Victoria Corwin, Medieval Book Production and Monastic Life

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