In response to my earlier querry about whether Vulgates
were used liturgically, and therefore subject to the same
"trashing" effect (i.e., they were just *used to death*) as 
liturgical/text books as Paul Chandler had suggested 
as a possible answer to my profound "Where did all the 
Vulgates go?" question, Elizabeth McLachlan wrote

<Many of the twelfth-century Great Bibles, such as the Winchester and Bury St.
<Edmunds Bibles, were apparently intended for reading in the monastic
refectory during meailtime:  they resided permanently on or near the lectern
provided for that purpose, and a number of them are "scored for reading",
with tonic accents on the emphasized syllables of difficult or unfamiliar
words, such as Hebrew names.  That use isn't really liturgical, of course,
but...Elizabeth McLachlan, Art History, Rutgers.>

Yes! Of course! There must have been a great and constant 
demand, at least during the boom years of new foundations.

But a parchment book in a hand binding was/is *considerably* more
durable [understatement] than a modern paper (I've seen some 19th-20th 
c. Vulgates that looked like they were printed on a kind of toilet paper), 
machine-bound one.

And anyway, I was speaking of modern printed Vulgates, in response
to the original quirry about where to get one (cheap).

I guess some people will do anything to get a discussion back to
the Middle Ages.

Thanks, Elizabeth.

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