. The Alternative to Facsimiles .
We develop medieval Reproduction Bibles in English that are richly decorated in vibrant color, and with some illuminated in shimmering gold and silver. We do not develop facsimiles, which are typically in Latin licensed to niche publishers from libraries or museums. Medieval manuscript Bibles, which were produced prior to the printing press, took three years and longer to complete. Though we live in a digital age, developing a Reproduction Bible from the ground up also takes a considerable amount of time, because our work is carefully researched, prototyped, and then painstakingly finished by hand. Our Bibles are readable and intended for everyone willing to invest in the book of books for their library - the Bible.
The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ is a letter sized Gothic Apocalypse set in early Fourteenth Century England. The text uses the King James Version in Plain English. The stand alone book started in what is now Spain due to concerns of the Islamic presence. By the early 1300s, the Apocalypse was a common book for kings, queens, princes, and princesses in England and France contemplating a crusade. They dreamed of glory in the fight to free the land. The time period is in the aftermath of the Ninth Crusade. Bound in real leather with raised bands. Illuminated by hand in gold and silver. (In process of illumination. Available in August 2020).
Our Carolingian Gospel Books in English is a large format Bible measuring 11" x 15" using the King James Version in Plain English with 31 lines per page. Contains prologues, book outlines, and the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This Viking Era bible circa 800 A.D. is true to look, feel, and size. Celtic, Anglo Saxon, and Frankish artistic and calligraphic elements come together. We have entered into the era of Charlemagne. Imagine Viking ships sailing up the Seine River to Paris as the people of the city lament, "Lord! Not again!" Here we see the birth of Europe take hold with two swords in hand with that of church preaching the eternal Gospel and that of the king defending the faith. Together, both labored to put the devils here on this earth beneath their heels. Bound in real leather with raised bands. Illuminated by hand in gold and silver. (Waiting on illumination to be done. Available in late 2020).
. Medieval Bibles .
Some say that they were Dark Ages. Where the light of the good book shined, the middle ages were illuminated in gold. The church secured a foothold amidst warrior kingdoms. And the Vikings, the Muslims, the Magyars, and the Mongols waged ongoing assaults on Western culture - hence the darkness of the age. For about three hundred years, European Christians shared the same prayer: "From the fury of the Norsemen, God deliver us." But, as it is written, the streets of the New Jerusalem are paved with gold. Our spiritual forefathers knew what that meant. The path to the heavenly city as described in the Bible was illuminated. Christendom held the light of the Gospel while outside the gates were thieves, liars, and murderers in need of redemption ... or condemnation. The prayers were answered, and the Vikings converted.
. Authentic .
Our Reproduction Bibles do not come with verse numbers, because numbering sentences and clauses in the Bible appear in a much later period than the Bibles we produce. Our Reproduction Bibles are meant to be read chapter by chapter and, for those, who are quite familiar with the Bible, read as entire narratives. Moreover, our Reproduction Bibles are published with the all of the books in the order in which they appeared. Also, there are no foot notes, study guides, or cross references. Our Reproduction Bibles are meant to be read aloud or read in private as was the case thousands of years ago.
. Value .
A large format Reproduction Bible is a luxury item too hold, to read, and to browse. The history of richly embellished Bibles is a study in itself. Everything about them seeks to produce the best in service of God and the community of faith. Each era in Western history has experienced tensions between austerity and luxury. They took years to produce, Highly skilled scribes, artists, and illuminators contributed. Whether for your personal collection or as a bequest to your faith community of worship, we exist to produce Reproduction Bibles as treasured investments that underscore the values of our Western heritage.
. Renaissance & Reformation Period Bibles .
Our planned Renaissance and Reformation period Bibles will be developed from the ground up. Some of our Reformation period Bibles are superb facsimiles produced by others where we step in as a Value Added Reseller by providing a hand crafted period binding in real leather - the way a real Bible of value is produced. See our 1611 King James Bible Facsimile in Period Binding.