Some Electronic Resources

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.
  • The Digital Scriptorium: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/digitalscriptorium/. 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

a) Collections of Manuscripts

b) Individual Manuscripts

  • The Aberdeen Bestiary: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/. A much celebrated manuscript.
  • The Aucklinleck Manuscript (National Library of Scotland, Advocates MS 19.2.1): http://auchinleck.nls.uk. A collection of Middle English verse, produced in London in the 1330s.
  • The Burnet Psalter: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/heritage/collects/bps/. A psalter made in north-eastern France or Flanders in the fifteenth century.
  • The Canterbury Roll: http//:www.canterbury.ac.nz/canterburyroll. Covering the succession of British and English kings down to Edward IV, this roll, which belongs to the ‘Noah family’ of English genealogical texts, was originally drawn up by an anonymous scribe between 1429 and 1438 as a pro-Lancastrian document. Its uniqueness lies in the fact it was heavily modified later in the century to create a piece of Yorkist propaganda favourable to Edward IV.
  • Le graduel de Bellelay: http://el.enc.sorbonne.fr/bellelay/. Hosted by l’École des chartes, this site provides a complete facsimile of one of the earliest sources for the liturgy of the Praemonstratensian Order. The index is particularly useful.
  • Das Jenaer Martyrologium: http://martyrologium.thulb.uni-jena.de. A thirteenth-century martyrology famous (or notorious?) for the violence of its illustrations.
  • Opening the Geese Book: http://geesebook.asu.edu. The site presents the full facsmile of New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, MS Morgan M.905, vols. I and II, a lavishly and whimsically illuminated gradual that was produced in Nuremberg between 1503 and 1510. The site includes a codicological report, archival sources, bibliography, videos with background information and critical commentary in English and German and recordings of selected chants performed by Schola Hungarica.
  • St Alban’s Psalter: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/stalbanspsalter/english/. An illustrated psalter which may have been made for Christina of Markyate.

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