Some Electronic Resources

The present course will not provide formal instruction in palaeography, but it will be helpful to have some guidance to the basics of the subject. For this end you are directed to the following websites and textbooks:

1. Technical Support / Online Training in Palaeography

2. Search Engines and Overarching Databases

  • British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/. Also has a useful glossary of technical terms.
  • Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts: http://manuscripts.cmrs.ucla.edu/. A search engine designed to enable users to find fully digitised manuscripts on the web.
  • The Digital Scriptorium: http://scriptorium.columbia.edu/. Describes itself as ’an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.’ Using keywords in the search engine often turns up useful and extensive results, but the site offers ’samples’ of pages from its MSS, rather than full facsimiles.
  • Manuscripta Medievalia, Digitalisierte Handschriften: http://www.manuscripta-mediaevalia.de/. A portal with links to collections of digitised manuscripts in various German libraries.
  • Manuscriptorium: http://www.manuscriptorium.com/. Describes itself as ‘a virtual research environment providing access to all existing digital documents in the sphere of historic book resources (manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books, maps, charters and other types of documents).... The service provides seamless access to more than 5 million digital images.’
  • Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch Collections: http://www.mmdc.nl/static/site/. Provides descriptions of all medieval western manuscripts up to c.1550 written in Latin script and preserved in public and semi-public collections in the Netherlands.
  • Nuova Biblioteca Manoscritta: http://www.nuovabibliotecamanoscritta.it/. An online catalogue of medieval manuscripts held in the libraries of the Veneto with links to digitised examples.
  • The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220: http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220/index.html. An e-book that aims to ‘identify, analyse and evaluate all manuscripts containing English written in England between 1060 and 1220; to produce an analytical corpus of material from late Anglo-Saxon England, through the Norman Conquest and into the high Middle Ages; to investigate key questions including the status of written English relative to French and Latin; and to raise awareness of agenda informing the production of so many texts in English during this important period’.

3. Some of the Many Websites that Provide Facsimiles of Medieval Manuscripts

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