Liturgical books used in the parish churches were the most common books of the Middle Ages. Their making employed countless scribes and other book artisans. This high-volume production was also an important factor driving the commercialisation of book crafts, ultimately culminating in the development of the printing press. Yet the book culture of the parishes remains poorly known because so little of it survives.
BOMPAC seeks to understand the book provision of medieval parish churches in the medieval kingdom of Sweden. Instead of focusing on the very few complete manuscripts, the project makes innovative use of the unique collections of fragments preserved in the National Library of Finland and Royal Archives in Stockholm. The project is divided into two work packages.