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"What an astonishing thing a book is.  It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts which are imprinted with funny dark squiggles.   But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for a thousand years.  Across the millennia an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head directly to you.  Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding people together who never knew each other, citizens of different epochs.  Books break the shackles of time.  Books are proof that humans are capable of working magic."  ~ Carl Sagan
The Calf to Codex project is the brain child of Master Johannes von Narrenstein, OL.  He is the coordinator and person in charge of this whole wonderful project.

In his words:

“Calf-to-Codex” is a project to create a medieval book from the ground up. We have the knowledge and experience to do this, here, in the Middle Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism.  We just need to come together to do it. We are using the framework of the SCA 50th Anniversary to give us a psychological push and a deadline.


This project is like the one that made the Great Booke more than twenty years ago. But we have learned things from that experience. As we conceive it right now, the finished book will not be the property of any one person, group, or organization. That is to say: unlike the Great Booke, it will not be given to the Crown or sent to a museum. Instead, it will be used like a book should be – read from, to us, at events and gatherings. We will have a custodian to take care of it, and invite readers to read to us from it.


To that end, we need a text that will hold people’s attention and is worth writing in such a book. So part of the project involves composing stories and histories about us, that are worth retelling. We invite the bards of the Midrealm, historians and collectors of oral histories, to help produce such a text.


We will need the help of scribes and illuminators, of course. But there is room for all sorts of other help . Medeival scribes needed a huge support network – butchers and parchment-makers to supply them with skins to write on, poulterers to supply them with eggs with which to make paint, gardeners to grow plants for paint dyes, spinners to spin flax for the binding thread, metalworkers to make the bits of hardware used to protect the finished book.
We have made a beginning, and produced a number of parchment skins. Other steps will follow. Through this website we will keep people informed of our progress, and ask for help as we need it. We invite visitors who are not participants in the Society for Create Anachronism, to use our site for educational purposes and comment on our success as re-creators of this part of the medieval past.

- Johannes von Narrenstein, OL
Coordinator, Calf-to-Codex Project"


Under Construction!

This website will be constantly updated throughout the lifetime of this project.  Much like the Calf to Codex Project it will be a "living website," reflecting the time, energy and progress of those who participate in it.  If you see something that looks unfinished or may need correction, please feel free to contact us with your concerns and then give us the time to update things as we can.  This website is a labor of love done by unpaid rank amateurs who earn their paycheck by other means.  If something goes for more than a month without being update, please contact us again.  Thank you for your help!

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This page is in its infancy.  I have no illusions about my less than mediocre ability to host and create an awesome looking webpage for such an awesome project.

If you know how to do it better and can do it for free please feel free to contact me and we will see what we can work out.

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