Current Events & Trends | April 2022 |
Video Fridays: Forgotten Medieval Manuscripts
Image © The British Library
Last month I read this really intriguing article titled “How Much Medieval Literature Has Been Lost Over the Centuries,” which led me to six-minute video from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the journal Science about how much medieval literature has been lost over the past 500+ years. A group of scholars has applied an ecological theory -- the “unseen species model” -- to try to determine the survival rate of medieval manuscripts. The estimate is about 9 percent overall; English literature is even lower.