During the early medieval period, books and manuscripts were in the hands of the literate clergy and the upper middle class gentry. As the only ones that could afford such books, they often controlled the contents and the design of them. Monastic scriptoriums formed to created richly decorated religious tomes that prevailed until the printing press was invented. When printing began in 1450, it revolutionized the spread of education to the common people. This little shoppe contains some wonderful "books" and information. Feel free to peruse them.