Scriptoriums and scribes are fascinating subjects. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco showed us just how fascinating, and murderous, they could be. But did you know there was a patron demon of scribes? I never thought about patron demons. Patron saints, naturally. But patron demons?
Sometime before the mid-13th century an effort was made to reduce errors by scribes and copyists. The idea of a patron demon arose. A better name could not be found…Titivillus. Every mistake was recorded by Titivillus and taken to Hell to be entered into a Book of Errors. With the advent of the printing press, Titivillus had less to keep him occupied. Some said he turned to keeping logs of gossip and misspoken words during services.
Personally, I think he’s back in business under a different title. I’m sure you’ve encountered his antics at some point. Titivillus, patron demon of copier jams and printer malfunctions, is doing big business in modern times. Now you know who to blame.