Our books are all hand sewn and bound replicas of mediaeval books, but they are NOT facsimiles. The bindings are fully authentic, but the book block itself is made from wood-pulp paper. Laser printing has replaced months of scribing The earliest books were written on vellum but from the 14th century onwards, paper made from rag pulp was used. Both of these are now prohibitively expensive.
There were no significant changes in bookbinding methods between the 8th and 15th centuries, so these books are made to the Living History standard for that period. Until opened, when they become “6 ft” authenticity!
Each volume is individually handmade, so the colour of the leather used and the method of binding used will vary from book to book. The books are “foxed” to make them look as if they have been well used for about 25 years!
Whilst every care has been made to print an accurate version of the text, these books are made for re-enactment/LARP usage, and not intended for serious historical research. dates are given as “appropriate from” as whilst any library would hold books which were very old, it is important for a Living History presentation that you are not using texts which haven’t yet been written!
With the exception of the Latin Gospels, the Psalter, and the Grimoire these books are in “readable” English, -although the language used may sometimes seem a bit archaic.