A monk sits at his desk in a scriptorium with pen in hand, writing in a book. A second book also sits open on his desk, suggesting he is copying, a common practice. A third book sits open on a stand behind him and a fourth sits open on a low stand to his right Several books are on shelves in the background. He wears a cloak and hood. There are two latticed windows on the left.

A Monk at Work in the Scriptorium

A monk sits at his desk in a scriptorium with pen in hand, writing in a book. A second book also sits…

"The monks also became copyists, and with great painstaking and industry gathered and multiplied ancient manuscripts, and thus preserved and transmitted to the modern world much classical learning and literature that would otherwise have been lost."—Myers, 1905

Monk Copyist

"The monks also became copyists, and with great painstaking and industry gathered and multiplied ancient…