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Scraps of Thought: Margin Notes in Old Romanian Books


Mariana Borcoman

Scraps of thought analyses notes in medieval books from the archive of the First Romanian School from Şcheii Brașovului, the Romanian settlement outside Brașov city walls. Merchants, craftsmen and wealthy people financially supported St. Nicholas Church and the school on its premises. Families of scholars, formed in the school of Şcheii, preserved the light of books and Romanian Orthodoxism in the region. The notes in the books reveal an educated society, passing on fragments of their way of thinking. We learn about unusual weather conditions, covenants for preserving the moral norms, information regarding the meeting of the priests in the area and especially the curses that were meant to protect the books. The study shows the medieval book as a written medium which included glimpses of life, fragments of human emotions and events.
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A. Sources


Old Romanian books dating back to the 17th century in the inventory of the archives of the First School in Romanian Language in Șchei, Brașov (coded as, (document no.) in the text and that corresponds to the information provided in the appendices).

Bogdan Ioan (1905) Documente și regeste privitoare la relațiile Țări Românești cu Brașovul și Ungaria (Documents and records on the relations of Wallachia with Brașov and Hungary), Institutul de arte grafice “Carol Göbl”(Institute of graphic arts): București,.

Bot Livia, Octavian Șchiau (1960) Radu Tempea-Istoria sfintei besearici a Șcheilor Brașovului (Radu Tempea- The History of the Holy Church in Șchei, Brașov), Publishing House pentru Literatură (Publishing House for Literature): București.

Stinghe Sterie (1899) Istoria sfintei biserici a Șceilor Brașovului- Manuiscript de la Radu Tempea (The History of the Holy Church in Șchei, Brașov – A Manuscript of Radu Tempea), Ciurcu Publishing House: Brașov.

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