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Tom Johnson: On Paper, 12 May 2022

Paper in Medieval England: From Pulp to Fictions 
by Orietta DaRold.
Cambridge, 270 pp., £75, October 2020, 978 1 108 84057 6
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... with its smooth, oily surface, paper is fibrous and porous, so absorbs ink more easily. As Orietta DaRold suggests, this enabled scribes to write more quickly, and may have abetted the development of the cursive ‘secretary’ hand found in later medieval administrative writing. Paper’s porosity also meant ...

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