It’s hard to explain to someone who isn’t wholly a bibliophile that yes, I buy books because they have beautiful covers and incredible stories and worlds and characters that I love to get lost in and even seeing their spines and titles on my shelves brings back the exact moment I read a scene that made me laugh so hard I cried or when I was so lost in another place, in someone else, that I didn’t realize it was three in the morning until I’d read the last line and it was completely worth the loss of sleep to spend every second inside the words printed on those pages nestled snugly on my bookshelf so I can return to that moment anytime I so wish.
An Old English word for library was “bōchord”, which literally means “book hoard”, and honestly I really think we should go back to saying that because not only does it sound really fucking cool, but it also sort of implies that librarians are dragons.
One of the oldest libraries on the planet is digitizing its archive of ancient manuscripts – and they’re all available to view free of charge. Continue reading →
Like I have trouble stating how huge this is but they hoarded books like motherfuckers for centuries and there’s like, magical texts in there and stuff and also to be able to understand what things were actually written at certain times you had to go read the texts in-person which means going to Italy and getting permission to go into the library and that’s hella hard.
Opening up this sort of knowledge is HUGE for things, including non-Christian things, because it opens up the real context of history instead of filtering it through whatever articles academics write based on whatever texts they chose to read, oh my gosh.
You peeps who like research should be able to find enough material here to keep you in your chair for the rest of your life TBH. When the site is up. It looks like it’s down now. xD;