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Secrets of Craft and Nature in Renaissance France: A Digital Critical Edition of BnF Ms. Fr. 640

Monday, February 10, 2020  
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Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to present our edition, Secrets of Craft and Nature in Renaissance France: A Digital Critical Edition of BnF Ms. Fr. 640. The manuscript provides unique insights into the material, technical, and intellectual world of the late sixteenth century and sheds light on the origins of the natural sciences in the creative labors of Renaissance artisans. We encourage you to explore the multitude of craft practices in

Secrets of Craft and Nature in Renaissance France presents the text of the manuscript in French transcription and English translation for the first time. We hope you enjoy browsing the manuscript, exploring the index of recipes, combing the extensive glossary, and reading the over 100 multimedia-rich essays about the manuscript’s material and historical context and the students’ hands-on reconstructions in the M&K Laboratory.

The Making and Knowing Project is an experiment in intensive collaboration, the integration of pedagogy and original research, and hands-on work. It seeks to reimagine the 21st-century university through interdisciplinary collaborations, hands-on techniques in the humanities, and new questions about past and present.

Read the manuscript and research essays at, and stay tuned as we introduce new content and features in the coming months.

Thanks to each of you for joining us on this adventure.

Please connect with us on Twitter (@MakingKnowing) using #Edition640.

Pamela and the Making and Knowing Team
(Tianna, Tillmann, Clément, Naomi, Caroline, Terry, Sarah, Colin, Sophie, Donna, Joel, Jenny, and Marc)

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