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"Rich people who wanted to show how wealthy and important they were paid scribes and artists to make illumunated manuscripts" pg. 24 Brookfield

Interesting that books back then were the combined effort of both scribes and artists. I wonder, though, how many aristocrats actually read these books? Or did they pay just to put them on display in their homes, so that when people came over, they saw yet another pretty posession on the shelf? Did it really matter what the books contained?

I'm sure we have all seen a lawyer's office, at least on tv. Behind the desk is usually a wall of books. The books give additional power to the lawyer because we assume that he has read them all. We think he must be pretty intelligent if he has read all of those books. We believe he must be really learned and that it will be a good choice to hire him to represent us. In the lawyer's case, it is soley the content that impresses. Back in the middle ages, it was the ornamentation that impressed.

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Jeremy Barrick said:

Maybe it resembled a sign of wealth and wisdom for their guests. I know a lot of people who own hundreds of books they have not read. They have them in their homes for decoration, and to show off their small elaborate libraries.

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