By Johannes Trithemius
Abbot Johannes Trithemius of Sponheim wrote a letter, De Laude Scriptorum (In compliment of Scribes), to Gerlach, Abbot of Deutz in 1492 to explain for clergymen the advantages of copying texts. Trithemius contends that the copying of texts is important to the version of monastic schooling, arguing that transcription permits the monk to extra deeply give some thought to and are available to a extra complete knowing of the textual content. He then maintains to compliment scribes via asserting "The devoted scribe, the thing of our treatise, won't ever fail to compliment God, supply excitement to angels, develop the simply, convert sinners, commend the common-or-garden, verify the nice, confound the proud and rebuke the stubborn". one of the purposes he provides for carrying on with to repeat manuscripts by means of hand, are the historic precedent of the traditional scribes and the supremacy of transcription to all different handbook hard work. This description of monastic writing is mainly vital since it was once written after the 1st printing presses got here into well known use. Trithemius addresses the competing expertise whilst he writes, "The published publication is made up of paper and, like paper, will quick disappear. however the scribe operating with parchment guarantees lasting remembrance for himself and for his text". Trithemius additionally believes that there are works that aren't being revealed yet are worthy being copied.
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