Rules of Engagement

Beast Fables - Comic 8 - Chauntilak reads the rules of the challenge

Medieval Moment: Now is as good a time as any to talk about “paper” in the Middle Ages. Vellum was made of animal skin and had two distinct sides, smooth and rough, depending on which side of the skin you’re on. It was the only form of writing material in Medieval England from around 800-1400ish, and was expensive to produce. This expense meant few could afford it, and book production was scarce. Limited production means much of what survives from the Middle Ages exists in one or two copies, at most. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales has 90 surviving copies, which tell you just how popular it really was.