Domine, labia mea aperies…

Looks like this is the week for medieval studies flashbacks. I just found out one of my favourite manuscripts, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, has been digitized and made available online by the Morgan Library. The little blue dragon in the margins of p.204 is the inspiration for the one I got tattooed on my ankle when I passed my Latin exam.[1] And, yes, it’s the one I named my company after. Because it was two days before my first fair, and I needed a name for my business cards that anglophones could pronounce, and it was the first thing I saw when I looked down to think about it.

[1] Cuz when I get hardcore, I get nerdily hardcore.

4 thoughts on “Domine, labia mea aperies…”

    1. Yep. It’s in a pretty late Gothic script, so it kinda makes me cross-eyed to look at until I get used to it, but it’s such a regular script it’s really hard for scribes to screw it up.

      Also, whoever commissioned this book was incredibly loaded, so the monks went all out with the impressiveness. The scribes chosen to write it were not only very tidy, but had a generous budget for materials. They didn’t have to cram the text into a small space, and they didn’t use many abbreviations, so readers don’t need a magnifying glass and decoder ring to figure it out.

      Also also, books of hours come with reasonably standardized texts. So, uh, I have a Fuzzy Memory Cheat Card…

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