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I'm trying to use the memoir class \medievalpage command and cannot get it to work. Here is my effort:

\documentclass[12pt]{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\medievalpage
\checkandfixthelayout

\begin{document}
\lipsum
\end{document}  
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  • Your example seems to do what it is supposed to do. What exactly do you mean with "cannot get it to work"?
    – lockstep
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 18:15
  • I get a single page with a block text area, rather than two columns of text.
    – mokane
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 18:20
  • \medievaltext only sets the page margins, but doesn't switch to twocolumn mode. Try \documentclass[12pt,twocolumn]{memoir}.
    – lockstep
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 18:22
  • Ah, OK. Medieval texts always seemed to be in two columns, I thought it automatically provided that functionality.
    – mokane
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 18:28

2 Answers 2

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The \medievalpage, sets the page geometry to comply with classic page proportions. To get it to two column use:

  \documentclass[twoside,twocolumn]{memoir}
  \medievalpage
  \checkandfixthelayout

This should give a page similar to the image below:

enter image description here

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  • How do you put all those lines and frames? Is there a package for that?
    – user11232
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 23:34
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    @HarishKumar I am busy writing it:)
    – yannisl
    Commented May 22, 2012 at 2:43
  • That sounds exciting. When can we expect to get it? Soon?
    – user11232
    Commented May 22, 2012 at 22:46
  • @HarishKumar Possibly this weekend I will put it up at Git.
    – yannisl
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 0:25
  • I am eagerly waiting to use it. Pl. notify it.
    – user11232
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 0:26
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\medievalpage only sets the page margins, but doesn't switch to twocolumn mode -- for the latter, you have to add the twocolumn class option. Additionally, I suggest to enlarge the space between columns (LaTeX's default value of 10pt is too small IMO) and to load the microtype package -- its protrusion and font expansion features result in better line breaks for small columns.

\documentclass[12pt,twocolumn]{memoir}

\medievalpage
\checkandfixthelayout

\setlength{\columnsep}{20pt}

\usepackage{microtype}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\lipsum

\end{document}  

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