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a writing room in Western European monasteries of the sixth through 12th centuries. Books, primarily religious in content, were transcribed in the scriptoria for the church and for the secular aristocracy. The principal types of medieval book hand were developed in the leading scriptoria in Tours, Corbie, Fulda, and elsewhere. Beginning in the late 12th century, scriptoria were supplanted by town craft-guild shops; these shops utilized division of labor and produced books in greater numbers, both to order and for the general market.

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A writing room; specifically, the room assigned in a monastery for the copying of manuscripts.
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All this is about to change when a chant book produced by the monks at the scriptorium for Lady Margaret's mother contains a page full of errors, with notes inked in the wrong color.
monastery had a scriptorium, a library and an academy.
It was in the Reichenau scriptorium in the mid-800s that the architect's plans for the renowned Swiss St.
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The spaces are based on the monastic experience and the idea is to look for modern equivalents of seven key areas: the cell, cloister, chapter, chapel, garden, refectory and scriptorium.
Jerome's work process illustrates the practices of the times: he dictated to a notarius and the text was given to a trained and educated scribe who would make an examplar that would be used by copyists in a scriptorium as the basis for more copies.
The site is mostly in the ownership of Wirral council, but the Chapter House Chapel and former Scriptorium, which are only accessed through the council-owned Priory grounds, are owned by the Diocese of Chester.
The cloister's lower floor is given over to communal spaces such as the refectory, scriptorium, library and offices, with the monks' cells above, single loaded around an inner spinal corridor.