Early books reveal sleepy readers' fear of illness
Sunday 22 April 2012
Researchers at St Andrews University have learnt about the lifestyle of medieval people through their reading habits by analysing well-thumbed book pages.
The team used a machine called a densitometer to discover the dirt within the pages of manuscripts.
Dr Kathryn Rudy, a lecturer in the School of Art History, realised the most soiled pages were likely to have been the most read. The most-read pages revealed that medieval people feared illness, were self-interested and often fell asleep while reading late at night.
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