Being scribes in medieval manuscripts makes you look quite cool.
Yes, you just saw a scribe riding a wyvern.
Being scribes in medieval manuscripts gets you to be depicted in all kinds of ways. Let’s go on a short trip and see what you get to look like.
For sure it’s not always a lonely work, since you constantly get distracted by other people or animals. Yes, being a scribe in medieval manuscripts means that you will be drawn with all kind of beings that will try to distract you from your noble intent. Sometimes it is Jesus or God:
Sometimes it is a bird, coming in just to poke your eye and be plainly annoying.
Sometimes it’s an awesome flying lion (but you need a promotion to the rank of “Evangelist” for that).
Sometimes it’s your boss, who enjoys micromanagement.
Sometimes it’s still your boss that just pops out of nowhere, you get startled and you point your knife at him because of the scare.
Sometimes you get to be depicted while writing after your boss dictation…
…and when you protest because he is going too fast…
…and when your boss cordially reminds you what a useless scribe you are.
But it could be worse. You could be depicted as an animal (“Evangelist” promotion required).
So it is no wonder that your figures of scribes in medieval manuscripts will be the one of a man with crazy eyes all busy writing a book about the end of the world.
But, in the end, what’s the coolest thing in being scribes in medieval manuscripts? Well, the fact that many manuscripts survive until our days can prove that once you were once a scribe, but then you became a knight protecting the holy grail. And you met Indiana Jones. Proof? Proof: