Book & Paper Group: Repairing Books, Repairing Bodies

Caring for bodily surfaces, living and dead: practices of Medieval surgeons and manuscript-makers.

Two types of craftspeople in medieval Europe regularly dealt with the difficulties of repairing skin: surgeons and manuscript-makers. This talk introduces the worlds of these two medieval professions, thinking about their shared tools, techniques, and attitudes when it came to caring for bodily surfaces, living and dead.