The Place of the Roma in 15th-century European Print History
- Wednesday 15 February 2023 (14:00-15:30)
POSTPONED DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION
In this talk, Kristina Richardson will discuss the Sons of Sasan, who changed their name to Ghuraba' (Arabic for ‘strangers’) by the late 1200s.
This name became the Arabic word for Roma, travelling people, and similar groups also known as 'Gypsies'. The Ghuraba' began blockprinting textual amulets by the 10th century, centuries before printing on paper arrived in central Europe. When Roma tribes migrated from Ottoman territories into Bavaria and Bohemia in the 1410s, they may have carried this printing technology into the Holy Roman Empire.