The books that have been passed down since the Middle Ages were written and illustrated by hand over many long, painstaking hours. In this 30-minute video, find out how how these manuscripts were illustrated, also known as illuminated, and what these intrepid writers used to create the books that have endured. The materials that went into medieval books as well as the way they were written is the subject of this video. How clerics selected the subjects for their books, what part their religious beliefs took in their works and other factors that went into the manuscripts are covered in this look at some of the most important works of early Western culture. See the illuminated pages that have withstood the test of time in this educational video.