Monday, August 10, 2015

Combating Book Theft in Medieval Times

You keep your eye on your iPhone nor do you leave your car running when you dash into a Starbuck's to order coffee.  In medieval times the value of a book was nearer that of your car than your smart phone.  There were three main ways to protect a book:  chain, chest or curse.

Chain, chest, curse:  Combating Book Theft in Medieval Times is an amusing overview of these three methods. 

We still lock valuables in a safe and chain our bikes, but curses are no longer deemed an effective safeguard. 
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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