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we're looking at an eleventh century boy feeis used in mastic education I think if you listen to the page this is a hard it's a stiff page it's a very thick page it actually can feel it as well it's a firm page and as a result when you turn it it's very ought to talk about pages like this but it has a lower sound to it so we're listening to the book if you're a musician you probably tell what the tone is you know but I can't this is cheap parchment yeah it's sort of almost at the lower end of the scale I think and you can see it as well it has dark stains and gaps and it's uneven it's yellow white rather than being one color so this is a very utilitarian book let's listen to another all right here we are at the very opposite end to scale the book that it almost makes no sound so I'm flipping through the book now instead of a high pitch almost like water running from a tap and it's very very thin parchment it's about the thinnest parchment you can have it's what we call a Paris Bible which means a Bible with all the books in one physical volume rather than having two or three volumes and so it had to be thin if it has no gaps it has no holes it says white as white will be and if I try to flip one page so it's still making noise but I can now flip it and it will not make any noise I think little of a high pitch crackle so this is really high grade parchment this was an expensive book too pretty this is an expense book to produce and also it was meant to be expensive you want to show off you can notice on the page there's decoration and the writing the script is much smaller much finer yeah it's a script specially designed to produce tiny Bibles like this so this Bible is a hundred thirty three millimeters which is roughly the iPhone height so this is something that somebody needed to work really hard to write this finally it's even less than two millimeters to the line it's hard to imagine but nibs small enough to write like this and I notice at the top we have something that I would assume would be the title of the book yeah if you buy a modern book today in the upper margin will be usually the complete title of the volume but here it's even smarter it gives you re G dude latin for kings and on the other side says three which is the third book of Kings so this was a book made for a wealthy person well it will have been expensive to buy but does that mean it's made for a wealthy person not necessarily because what happened with these books is many of them were actually used by Dominican friars monks on the road going from city to city preaching you know when you're on the road you try to get everything as small as possible your phone your computer your laptop this is this is this is portable so this was made to fit in your bag but also that's why the pages are so thin because you'd want to have the entire volume in a small object the same Bible could easily have been copied in 20 volumes and two years earlier it would have been 20 volumes of large letters of large space but that's not what was the idea behind this book so this was made for somebody on the road everything that he needed was in this little device as it were you