After my first self-edited draft of my latest book, The Golden Manuscripts Book 6 of the series Between Two Worlds, I wondered how many readers knew about illuminated manuscripts. So as part of my research,I decided to do a survey of readers in my relatively small mailing list. The results below are interesting, but they only provide a glimpse, and may not be representative of all readers.
Thirty-five per cent say they know what illuminated manuscripts are, though not all in this group seemed to have read or seen a film about them. To me, the survey revealed a hopeful statistic: 75% are willing to read a book on illuminated manuscripts.
Do you know what an illuminated manuscript is?
Have you read a book or seen a movie about illuminated manuscripts? Check all that apply.
Yes, a fiction book: 10.26%
Yes, a nonfiction book: 8.97%
Yes, a film: 6.41%
No, neither book nor movie: 74.36%
What do you think an illuminated manuscript is? Check all that apply.
An illustrated book: 20.00%
A graphic novel: 1.05%
A handwritten book: 11.58%
A book with gilded illustrations: 42.11%
A book that flourished in medieval times: 15.79%
None of the above: 9.47%
Would you read a novel about illuminated manuscripts?