about this blog
Welcome to the realm of the love of books, or Philobiblonia. The name of this blog is inspired by the 14th-century work Philobiblon, ‘(on) the love of books’, written by the greatest bibliophile of the medieval period, Richard de Bury, bishop of Durham. In the Philobiblon, Richard left a manifesto for the affection due to books and should strike a chord with anyone today who walks into a bookshop, library or archive with a sense of reverence and awe.
Philobiblonia reflects my interest in manuscripts and book history more broadly, and presents posts on a variety of book-related topics. One of its many focuses is on the development of the codex and of the library in the medieval period as well as the circulation of manuscripts and the rise of the European book culture. It is meant to be fun and informative.
about me, Cristian Ispir
I live in London, UK and have recently taken my PhD at King’s College London.
For my doctorate, I produced a critical edition of a 13th-century monastic chronicle from the abbey of Crowland in Lincolnshire. The thesis has been accepted for publication at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto and is due to appear in a few years.
I am currently working for the British Library on the Polonsky Foundation England and France 700-1200 project, bringing to digital life a fabulous selection of 800 manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. (check out #PolonskyPre1200).
I also curate the Facebook page Manuscriptorium, another outlet for my obsession with manuscripts.