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Books of the Medieval Parish Church

Project description

How did parish churches acquire their books in the Middle Ages?

Books have evolved remarkably through the ages, from clay tablets and papyrus scrolls to the modern paperback and today’s e-books. The EU-funded BOMPAC project will shed light on how the production of manuscript books became a commercial activity during the Middle Ages – a development that ultimately culminated in the invention of the printing press. More specifically, the project will study the role of the parish church in the culture and economy of the manuscript book between 1150 and 1500. It will focus on medieval Sweden, where many of the books were imported from abroad. The Swedish recycling of parchment books as covers for tax accounts in the 16th and 17th centuries created the biggest collection of manuscript material from medieval parish churches anywhere in the world, making such a study possible.

Host institution

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 808,00
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 808,00
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto

See on map

Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00