“Isidore of Seville inhabited a world of words, of capacious libraries and labyrinthine encyclopaedias. His most famous composition the Etymologies or Orgins- reflects this perfectly.. the Etymologies is itself a monument to human enquiry and to the vast scope of creation… In so doing, Isidore created a seminal and wide ranging survey of knowledege as it stood in the Latin west at the start of the seventh century AD………..
………..it is the scriptorium, and the intimacy of the connected arts of reading, writing and reflection that lie at the emotional heart of Isidores work.”
Andy Merrills, On Words and Things, in J. Konig, G. Woolf (ed) Encyclopaedism From Antiquity to the Renaissance
recordatio lit. to read, to remeber. Common practice in antiquity to contemplate at length on texts which had been commited to memory