Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts
Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts
The St Chad Gospels, Materiality, Recoveries, and Representation in 2D & 3D
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Introduction: The Age of Visual Wonder: Digitizing Materiality and Unriddling Light Recovery: From Multispectral Imaging to Alternative Colour Spaces Reflectance Transformation Imaging: An Enhanced View of Surface Details The Otherwise Unknowable: Digitizing and Comparing Historical Photographs Sacred Artifacts: Open Access, Power, Ethics, and Reciprocity A Crisis in Knowledge-Space? A Look Toward Virtual Reality

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"Bill Endres' Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts: The St. Chad Gospels, Materiality, Recoveries, and Representation in 2D & 3D is much more than a technical guide to various methods of digitization of early manuscripts, although that is one of its primary strengths. Like other contributions to the Arc Humanities Press series Medieval Media Cultures, the volume is brief, digestible, affordable, and most welcome."
- Lisa Fagin Davis, The Medieval Review, 21.08.07 (2021)

"Bill Endres’s Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts is an exemplary volume looking into the transformative potential of digital technologies for manuscript studies, while maintaining a firm hold on the importance of materiality for the understanding of books. In the five chapters of this short but focused monograph, the author outlines his years of research, engagement, and understanding in the digitization of manuscripts, drawing from his experience and practice with the membranes of the St. Chad Gospels, housed in Lichfield Cathedral, England (Lich MS 1)."
- Alberto Campagnolo, University of Udine, Speculum 96/1 (January 2021)

Bill Endres

Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts

The St Chad Gospels, Materiality, Recoveries, and Representation in 2D & 3D

What does it mean to digitize a medieval manuscript? This book examines this question by exploring a range of advanced imaging technologies, from multispectral to 3D to reflectance transformation imaging. To understand imaging technologies requires an understanding of the complex materiality of what is being digitized and, to this end, the book focuses on the relationship between digital technologies and the complex materiality of manuscripts and the human bodies that engages them. From this perspective, the chapters explore imaging technologies, interfaces to present digital surrogates, and limitations to and enhancements through the digital. But lest past photographic information be lost, the book also examines historical photographs, exploring their rich visual information, and how digitizing and comparing them transforms what can be known. Examples and innovations from the author’s work digitizing the eighth-century St. Chad Gospels at Lichfield Cathedral are provided. This book is essential reading for all those involved in large and small scale manuscript digitization projects in both scholarly and cultural heritage contexts.
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Bill Endres

[Bill Endres](http://www.ou.edu/cas/english/about/faculty/b-endres) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, University of Oklahoma, USA. He is a digital humanist who employs advanced imaging technologies on manuscripts such as the eighth-century St. Chad Gospels.