Scriptorium

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Scriptorium

 

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.

scriptorium

A writing room; specifically, the room assigned in a monastery for the copying of manuscripts.