Folio (1st picture) / Quaestio (2nd picture)

by Christiane Birr

Project Coordinator

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

My field of work is the legal history of the 16th & 17th century. The first time I opened a book from this period, I was permanently hooked: there was a sensation of incredulity ("This is so old!") and elation ("But I hold it right in my hands!"), of awe ("It's all in Latin!") and amazement ("But I can understand it!"). It is a sensual pleasure to handle those books and an intellectual one to enter into a discourse with their authors, bridging centuries with our questions and arguments.

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