Query: Intentional Alteration of Medieval Manuscripts

Diane Wolfthal's picture

For an article on the intentional mutilation of medieval manuscripts, I am interested to learn about manuscripts in which miniatures or word panels have been removed, blank borders have been cut out, folios have been torn, slashed with razors, or otherwise suffered intentional damage?  In addition, I am curious if anyone knows of miniatures or word panels that survive independent of their original manuscripts, of any evidence up to the present time that miniatures or word panels served as gifts or as decoration on the walls of homes, or of incidents of manuscripts being cut up to harvest parchment for tefillin or mezuzot.

Thank you!

Diane Wolfthal

David and Caroline Minter Chair emerita in the Humanities and

Professor emerita of Art History

Rice University

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