Curiosity


#1

How do people in the middle age memorize tons of books?


#2

They probably used memory techniques plus repetition since there wasn’t a lot to do back then haha Also, there weren’t as many books back and the rich were likely the only ones to have access to books.


#3

is the book “memorize the faith” available for free?


(Ben Pridmore) #4

In the days when books had to be hand-written, it was obviously a much more useful skill to be able to remember them - therefore, people didn’t see it as so unusual or freakish, and lots of people could do it! It’s the same kind of thing as memory competitions, I’ve always thought - scores get better gradually; as soon as people know it’s possible to memorise a pack of cards in a minute, plenty of other people can do it too, and so on.

I wrote something about pre-printing-press memorisation in my blog many years ago, and I’ve always meant to come back to the subject… http://zoomy.blogspot.co.uk/2008/07/in-which-i-postulate-mediaeval.html