Memory and Material in Early Modern England

The Renaissance Art of Memory > Petrus von Rosenheim, Rationarium Evangelistarum

Rationarium euangelistarum omnia in se euangelia prosa, uersu, imaginibusq[ue] qua mirifice coplectens. f. a iiij recto

This image from Rationarium Evangelistarum depicts a passage from the Gospel of John with mnemonic associations to help a reader remember key symbolic points. 

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Fourteenth-century monk Petrus von Rosenheim produced a series of woodcut mnemonics that remained popular into the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The mnemonics used biblical symbolism intended to help readers memorize verse from the gospels, turning the Art of Memory into a tool for Christian devotion. 


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