Manuscript Illumination at the Perth Medieval Fayre


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Manuscript Illumination at the Perth Medieval Fayre


artwork, art, decoration, handcraft, illumination, illuminated manuscript, illustration, manuscript, manuscript production, marginalia, medieval craft, Perth, Perth Medieval Fayre, presentation, re-creation, recreation, stimuli, supplementary information, value, WA, Western Australia


A woman demonstrating the medieval art of manuscript illumination at the Perth Medieval Fayre. ‘Illumination’ refers to the addition of decorations and illustrations around the text on a manuscript page. These illuminations formed an integral part of medieval manuscripts, and served a number of functions. More than mere marginalia, they supplemented the written text on the page by adding additional comment or detail, stimulated the reader, and conveyed a sense of the work’s value. They could also be used to personalise manuscripts and to communicate ideas and traits about individuals, for example the piety of the owner or gratitude and deference towards a patron.
The Perth Medieval Fayre is organised and run by the Western Australian Medieval Alliance. In 2011 it was held at Supreme Court Gardens on 19 March. Enthusiasts and vendors showcased a range of medieval arts and crafts, from dancing, calligraphy and lace-making to demonstrations of the techniques, weaponry and apparel of medieval combat.


McEwan, Joanne


19 March 2011


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