Manuscripts

Post image for French Manuscript Museum Raided over Murky Investment Scheme

Paris’s Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits (MLM), an institution devoted to ancient manuscripts and historic letters, was raided by French authorities on Tuesday for its apparent role in a fraudulent investment scheme masterminded by the museum’s founder, financier Gérard Lhéritier.

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Post image for Finally, an App for Transcribing Medieval Manuscripts

A new app allows medievalists, aspiring medievalists, or medievally-minded scriveners to try their hand at transcribing 26 manuscripts on their smartphones.

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Post image for The Majority of Timbuktu’s Medieval Manuscripts Are Safe

On Monday, Hyperallergic reported that Islamist rebels set fire to two historic libraries in the Malian city of Timbuktu (a UNESCO world heritage site), just as French forces and the Malian army pushed them out. The rebels may have destroyed 2,000 of the Ahmed Baba Institute’s volumes of medieval-era scholarship, but there is some good news: many of the archives’ treasures had earlier been removed to private libraries and collections.

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