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  1. Illuminated Manuscripts

  2. Medieval Cards Quiz 3 • 1. What is feudalism? • 2. What is manorialism? • Read the handout on the Roman Catholic Church.

  3. Illuminated Manuscripts • Illuminations defined a time in history when the ability to read was sacred and reserved for religious leaders or those born of royal blood. • The Manuscripts were elaborately decorated and hand copied by monks

  4. Illuminated Manuscripts An illumination is a colorful, or additional decoration that enhances the pages of a written, or manuscript page.

  5. Scribes • A scribe copied exactly the text of an existing manuscript. • The scribe worked in a special room called a scriptorium that was set aside for the writing of manuscripts. • Scribes were copyists, not writers, who composed works of literature, and they trained for many years to develop graceful and uniform handwriting.

  6. Illuminated Manuscripts

  7. Illuminated Manuscripts • An illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page or paragraph. It was always enlarged and in color with gold applied in areas, while the rest of the text remained black.

  8. Manuscripts

  9. Illuminated Manuscripts • An artist or illuminator painted small pictures, or miniatures, plus borders and capital letters with elaborate and intricate designs that had practical functions. • The decorated letters announced the beginning of a new section or paragraph while the miniatures illustrated the text. • This was important because many of the medieval people who owned manuscripts were barely able to read.

  10. Directions • Objective: Students will design an illuminated Manuscript on the Roman Catholic Church. • Requirements: • 1. No pencil in final draft • 2. Color • 3. Three Paragraphs • 4. Minimum of 5-7 sentences per paragraph. • 5. Minimum of three to five supporting details for paragraphs. • 6. One large Illuminated Letter • 7. Three smaller illuminated letters; or a decorative border; or a visual to assist manuscript. • Topics: Choose one of the questions below. Use a minimum of three to five supporting details to answer the question. • 1. What role did the Roman Catholic Church plays in Medieval Society? (what did it provide people) • 2. What changes to the Roman Catholic Church would you recommend? Why are these changes important? • 3. How similar was the Roman Catholic Church to feudalism and or manorialism? • 4. Do you think the power of the Roman Catholic Church was a good thing or a bad thing?