In the Middle Ages, the creation of a book could take years. A scribe was leaning over his desk, illuminated only by candlelight-a great risk to books-and he spent hours writing sheets by hand, careful not to make any mistakes. Being a copyist, wrote a scribe, was painful: “It extinguishes the light of the eyes, bends the back, crushes the viscera and ribs, causes pain in the kidneys and fatigue throughout the body.”

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