Online Information Resources for Scribes

The internet has resources that are very useful for historical scribes.  I have put together a list of resources that I have found useful.  These include general information, glues, binders, calligraphy pigments and even parchment making.  The list isn’t comprehensive and it certainly isn’t exhaustive, but I do hope it is useful to you.

If you are looking for online digital manuscripts please refer to this post.

Medieval Archaeology – Society for Medieval Arhaeology – Scans of their periodical covering vast subject matters starting with volume 1

Medieval Writing – Dr. Dianne Tillotson

Binders and Glues

Fish Glue

General Glue Information
Medieval Glues up to 1600 –Class Notes – SCA Estrella 23 Collegium, Feb 18, 2007 C. M. Helm-Clark, Ph.D.


Scripts from 4th to the 16th Century
Scribal Tools

Historic Drawing Tools –
Some direction on silverpoint and other tools – Mistress Grace Vibbert

Ink Wells and Inkhorns – Links to pictures and manuscripts that have period ink wells and ink horns by year.Medieval PencilCast Lead – The Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Medieval Writing Surfaces – Part 1 – Youtube video – Dr Mary Watt

Medieval Writing Surfaces – Part 2 – Youtube video Dr Mary Watt

Penners – Links to pictures and manuscripts of penners by year.

Scribes and Scribal Tools – Links to pictures and manuscripts of scribes and their tools by year.

Notes on the Manufacture of Gold Beaters – The American Institute for Conservation.


The History and Biology of Parchment – Karger Gazzette

Making Vellum – Dirty Jobs

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