Medieval Codex Calixtinus recovered; four arrested

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13 Responses to “Medieval Codex Calixtinus recovered; four arrested”

  1. jimh says:

    He also expressed frustration about the lack of sufficient offers for the Codex at his recent garage sale.

  2. Robert says:

    This is why you need to scan your rare and unique texts to the Internet Archive, people. Unless you’re trying to make money off of copies, which they are. In that case, Fuck You.

    Imagine if the guy had stolen it, scanned it, uploaded it, and then put it back!

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

       I think the real lesson here is that, when you terminate your employees, you should terminate your employees.

    • Steve Taylor says:

      > Imagine if the guy had stolen it, scanned it, uploaded it, and then put it back!

      Imagine the damage that would have done to the book.

      I’m married to a book conservator who sometimes works with very old manuscripts and she has words to say about people who scan things without having any idea of how fragile they are.

      • Robert says:

        diybookscanner.org. They make scanners that are specifically for fragile books. And it’s open hardware. But yeah, slapping a codex on a flatbed scanner would get me angry.

      • zarray says:

        Any guides on how to do it properly?

  3. Dave Faris says:

    Information wants to be free.

  4. Petzl says:

    this guy had € 1.2Mln in his stash?  one wonders what else this serially-dishonest handyman was up to.

  5. zarray says:

    Ok so I grew up catholic and had extensive schooling in medieval history, but the word codex still makes me think of Warhammer(s) and other tabletop game fluff. 

    [did anybody check him for signs of chaos taint?]

  6. The Codex Calixtinus–or Liber Sancti Jacobi / Book of Saint James–, a jewel in medieval bibliography, is one of the richest medieval sources for historians, geographers, musicologists, sociologists, ethnologists, art historians and linguists. Due to its heterogeneous and composite character, this codex is believed to be the work of several authors and compilers. It is known as Codex Calixtinus not because this Pope had been one of its authors but on account of the extraordinary influence that he, his secretary and the people of Cluny had in the gestation of the work.  http://www.codexcalixtinusfacsimil.com/2011/09/deluxe-facsimile-edition.html

  7. Doug Pilgrim says:

    The Codex is the one of the oldest travel guides. It gives people the routes for “El camino de Santiago “. Emilio Estevez produced a wonderful movie regarding the camino, with his father as the lead, called “The Way” . http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441912/

  8. mariabarrett says:

    Why, after 25 years, did he need to fake a contract to make it look like he had a permanent job? Isn’t 25 years a permanent job?

    • AlexG55 says:

      If they hired him to do handyman and electrical work but so did a bunch of other people then it isn’t.

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