Chain, Chest, Curse: Combating Book Theft in Medieval Times


Do you leave your e-reader or iPad on the table in Starbucks when you are called to pick up your cup of Joe? You’re probably not inclined to do this, because the object in question might be stolen. The medieval reader would nod his head approvingly, because book theft happened in his day too. In medieval times, however, the loss was much greater, given that the average price of a book – when purchased by an individual or community – was much higher. In fact, a more appropriate question would be whether you would leave the keys in the ignition of your car with the engine running when you enter Starbucks to order a coffee. Fortunately, the medieval reader had various strategies to combat book theft. Some of these appear a bit over the top to our modern eyes, while others seem not effective at all.

The least subtle but most effective way to keep your books safe…

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There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do.
Human beings come into this world to do particular work.
That work is their purpose, and each is specific to the person.
If you forget everything else and not this,
there’s nothing to worry about.
If you remember everything else and forget your true work,
then you will have done nothing with your life.

Rumi (from The Soul of Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks)

Word Count

Do you keep track of your word count for each day? I started a spreadsheet to track each project and how much I get done at a time during last year’s NaNoWriMo and kept it going this year so here are my Stats for the year.

Total word count for the year: 346,552 words
Average word count per day: 982 words
Number of projects/columns: 23

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