[Flower logo of the Medieval History Course]Inspection of parchment

A monk inspecting a sheet of parchment which he is buying from a parchment-maker, as shown in an initial in a thirteenth-century German manuscript. In the background is the craftsman's curved paring-knife and a skin stretched over its wooden frame.

Christopher De Hamel:"Medieval Craftsmen-Scribes And Illumunators"(London:British Museum Press,1992,1999 Sixth impression.)p.13