Printed books were much cheaper to make, so many more people bought books and learned to read. The ideas written in books spread quickly across Europe. The world was never the same once lots of people starting reading.
It is still fun to look at the illuminated manuscripts that monks made. Do you think you can draw and color letters the way they did? Or maybe you can invent your own style of letters. Give it a try!
Photo courtesy of The Melbert R. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection