By Johannes Trithemius
Abbot Johannes Trithemius of Sponheim wrote a letter, De Laude Scriptorum (In compliment of Scribes), to Gerlach, Abbot of Deutz in 1492 to explain for clergymen the benefits of copying texts. Trithemius contends that the copying of texts is vital to the version of monastic schooling, arguing that transcription allows the monk to extra deeply reflect on and are available to a extra complete knowing of the textual content. He then maintains to compliment scribes by means of announcing "The devoted scribe, the article of our treatise, won't ever fail to compliment God, supply excitement to angels, develop the simply, convert sinners, commend the standard, ensure the nice, confound the proud and rebuke the stubborn". one of the purposes he offers for carrying on with to repeat manuscripts by way of hand, are the ancient precedent of the traditional scribes and the supremacy of transcription to all different guide hard work. This description of monastic writing is principally very important since it was once written after the 1st printing presses got here into renowned use. Trithemius addresses the competing expertise whilst he writes, "The published e-book is made up of paper and, like paper, will quick disappear. however the scribe operating with parchment guarantees lasting remembrance for himself and for his text". Trithemius additionally believes that there are works that aren't being revealed yet are worthy being copied.