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Paris had a large enough population of wealthy literate persons to support the livelihood of people producing manuscripts.
The emphasis was on speed of acquisition instead of the quality of the product.
They copied not just religious works, but a variety of texts including some on astronomy, herbals, and bestiaries.
Medieval manuscript culture deals with the transition of the manuscript from the monasteries to the market in the cities, and the rise of universities.
Some monasteries even went so far as to grow some of the plants included in the texts, This is important to note because it demonstrated the practical uses of these text in the lives of the monks.
They had little room, or patience for that matter, to disseminate the imaginary plants and fanciful texts that are so commonly imagined in the minds of those who think of this era.