By Maryanne Grebenstein â€” At The Abbey Studio, we love both modern and medieval manuscripts. Some might say weâ€™re obsessed. When I first began to study calligraphy more than 30 years ago, it didnâ€™t take very long for me to be exposed to the manuscripts of Europeâ€™s Middle Ages and Renaissance, and subsequently to realize that they stole my heart. Consequently, Iâ€™ve embraced the illuminated manuscriptsâ€™ character and style, and a portion of the recognition awards, artwork, and custom books we create at The Abbey Studio echo the grace of these manuscripts, even using some of the same age-old techniques. I think the history of illuminated manuscripts is fascinating. As students in the United States, when we see images of old documents we see things such as the original handwritten version of The Declaration of Independence, written in ink on parchment in 1776. However, we donâ€™t learn a lot about the documents written by people in other parts of the world for millennia prior to that.