Illuminated manuscript page of letter delivery

Illuminated manuscript page of letter delivery

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Credit: GEORGE BERNARD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illuminated manuscript page. Illuminated manu- script page showing a letter being delivered to a medieval king (at right). The page also features writing and a botanical artwork (at left). During the middle ages, book illumination was considered a high art, with gold leaf being used with paints of animal, plant or mineral origins. The artworks also had a practical purpose, helping to describe events to the illiterate. Mail systems in medieval Europe were restricted to the nobility, the Church & wealthy merchant families. Artwork of King Charles VI of France receiving news of a defeat in Turkey from Sir James de Helly in 1396. Photographed from an 1844 book.

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Keywords: book, charles vi, charles vi of france, france, historical, history of technology, illuminated manuscript, industry, king, king charles vi, letter delivery, medieval, medieval mail delivery, of france, page, printing

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