The Aberdeen Bestiary website gives access to a digitised version of the entire manuscript of the Aberdeen Bestiary (Aberdeen University Library MS 24), considered to be one of the best examples of its type. The manuscript, written and illuminated in England around 1200, ended up in the possession of Aberdeen University in the 19th century. It is of added interest since it contains notes, sketches and other evidence of the way it was designed and executed. The site's home page gives access to the Bestiary, its history and codicology, and an extensive bibliography. There is also information about bestiaries generally. The entire manuscript has been digitised using Photo-CD technology, thus creating a surrogate, while allowing greater access to the text itself. The digitised version, offering the display of full-page images and of detailed views of illustrations and other significant features, is complemented by a series of commentaries, which include art history material, and a transcription and translation of the original Latin. The Bestiary can also be searched by keyword. This project is funded under the Joint Funding Councils Libraries Review Group: Specialised Research Collections in the Humanities initiative. The project is a collaborative effort between Aberdeen University Library, the Department of History of Art and the Centre for Computer Based Learning in Land Use and Environmental Sciences (CLUES).
This is a website maintained by the History Department at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It is written in Gallegan. The website has not been updated since 1996, but contains some useful information for scholars interested in Galician palaeography, diplomatic and codicology. There is a directory of all the ecclesiastical, regional and municipal archives in Galicia providing good descriptions of each historical archive, content and mode of access. The pages on the history of writing in Galicia provide an overview of the main historical scripts in use in the Middle Ages. Each script is illustrated with one or more digital examples of documents. There is also a brief online bibliography and a gateway of links to related resources on the web.
The Auchinleck Manuscript website features an online edition of the manuscript held by the National Library of Scotland. Produced in London during the 1330s, the manuscript contains verses and poems spanning a wide range of genres including: romance; hagiography; doctrinal instruction; a chronicle; satire; complaint; and humorous tales. According to popular myth, Chaucer himself may have read the manuscript, and his 'Tale of Sir Thopas' may have been influenced by the Auchinleck's stanzaic 'Guy of Warwick'. But it is for romances in particular that the manuscript is renowned. There are eighteen romances, including: 'Reinbroun'; 'Of Arthour & of Merlin'; 'Roland and Vernagu'; 'Sir Tristrem'; 'Kyng Alisaunder'; 'Sir Orfeo'; 'The King of Tars'; 'Amis and Amiloun'; and 'Horn Childe and Maiden Rimnild'. All of the poems are in English. As well as containing the transcribed texts (and page images) of the manuscript, the website includes a history of manuscript and a page about its physical make up. There is also a glossary and a lexicon, as well as bibliographies for each text and topic, and links to other relevant websites. This is an excellent example of a manuscript Internet resource, which should be of great value to scholars engaged in manuscript studies or researching Middle English literature. It is also possible to download the manuscript from the Oxford Text Archive site.
Bibliografía Codicología is a straightforward online bibliography useful for those studying codicological aspects of medieval manuscripts. It is compiled under the auspices of Grafos: seminario permanente de cultura escrita, which holds regular scholarly events and activities at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid). The bibliography is very extensive and authoritative and covers a large spectrum of material in all languages. The bibliography can be browsed easily on the web by scrolling up and down on the same page. Several sections break the content usefully into methodology, basic reference works, quantitative codicology, comparative codicology, periodicals.
The Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG) website gives access to high resolution digital images of medieval codices in the Abbey Library of St Gallen in Switzerland (now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre). The aim is to bring these codices to a wider audience, and to partially replace the use of the fragile originals in the library. The codices available are shown in their entirety (including images of their binding), in high enough resolution to facilitate close study of their makeup as well as their content. Manuscripts represented range from: bibles; calendars; and antiphonals to: saints' lives; histories of the crusades; and a book of German pre-reformation songs. The site is available in French, German, English and Italian and includes a description of the CESG project and a brief history of the Abbey Library. The images are available for educational and research use, providing that the source is correctly cited, and are accompanied by detailed descriptions. This site would be of great interest to anyone studying medieval manuscripts and codices, and also to students of medieval palaeography, theology and philosophy.
The website "Equipe de Recherche de Médiévistique" belongs to the CNRS research team on the Middle Ages affiliated with the Universite de Nancy 2. This research unit brings together medievalists, historians, linguists and archeologists from Universite de Nancy 2 in collaboration with researchers from other universities in France, such as Strasbourg, Metz and Reims. The site gives details of the current research projects of the team, which focus on medieval manuscript studies, diplomatics and codicology, medieval archives and online applications for medieval studies. There are also sections dedicated to publications, with introductions of books and volumes, and to the participation in other projects. This information is of interest to advanced researchers in the field of medieval studies and manuscript studies.
The site dedicated to the manuscripts and rarities in the University Library of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest describes the holdings of the library and provides the digitised versions of 36 medieval codices. The digitisation project includes 8 Hungarian and 28 Latin manuscripts as well as a fourteenth century early illuminated manuscript of the Divina Commedia (Cod. Ital. 1), which is one of the main assets of the library. Each digitised manuscript has a library description of its author; date of creation; codicological data; and library catalogue number. Permanent URLs have been assigned to each digitised version. The quality of the images is very good although they cannot be enlarged. Among the manuscripts in the collections of this library the site mentions the handwritten catalogues of documents compiled by Jesuits scholars in the eighteenth century, particularly the ones written by György Pray. Volume no. 30 of his books is also digitised and available online. The rarities in the library include early books and incunabulae but these are merely described on the site.
The website "Gazette du livre médiéval" is the online edition of this quarterly bulletin published by the Association Paléographique Internationale: Culture, Écriture, Société (APICES). This journal has been in print since 1982 and represents the contribution of medievalists from various countries. The website provides access to an online journal subscription form, a browsable list of tables of contents for all the journal issues from the beginning to the most current, and links to the full-text of selected articles from various issues. There is a selection of articles, grouped under different categories. The site has a bibliography section, which offers access to a bibliography of manuscript collection catalogues, and a bibliography of manuscripts published in facsimile. The entire datafile can be downloaded in compressed text file.
The Life of King Edward the Confessor website gives access to a digitised version of the only copy of an illustrated Anglo-Norman verse life of St Edward the Confessor, probably originally written in the later 1230s or early 1240s. The manuscript is held by Cambridge University Library (Cambridge University Library MS.Ee.3.59), and consists of thirty-seven folios, with a total of sixty-four pictures. The images are of good quality, allowing the user to zoom in to areas closely, and each folio is accompanied by a brief description. Folios can be browsed from start to finish, or via a summary page showing thumbnails of the images, with their descriptions. The website provides a brief introduction to the manuscript, and suggestions for additional reading. This site would be of interest to scholars studying: art history; manuscript history; religious texts or medieval history.
The Llanbeblig Book of Hours is an online digital facsimile of manuscript NLW MS 17520A at the National Library of Wales. The resource forms part of the National Library of Wales' Digital Mirror Web pages, which provide access to some of the most important items in the Library's collections. A short history of the manuscript is provided, with an overview of its contents and some suggested further reading. The manuscript itself can be viewed folio by folio, or as a gallery of some of the main illuminated pages. Images can be enlarged to allow for better viewing of the Latin text. The images are clear and detailed, and would be of interest to those studying medieval manuscript production or medieval art and iconography.
The website "Mediaevum.de" is a portal created and maintained by four medieval German scholars as a private enterprise dedicated to students, academic researchers and the general public interested in medieval German and Latin culture. The website compiles and provides access to extensive and authoritative information, sources and tools on the web for the study of these literatures in the high middle ages and the later middle ages and humanistic periods. All the links have descriptions with details of content and quality. The language of the site is German with an English introduction to the top-level pages. No full English version of the portal is currently being planned.
Piers Plowman is an online electronic facsimile of a fifteenth-century manuscript copy of William Langland's famous devotional poem. The manuscript (NLW MS 733B) is held by the National Library of Wales, and the facsimile forms part of the Library's 'Digital Mirror', which provides images of some of the institution's most important holdings. The manuscript is incomplete, but contains an unusual variant of the poem, which is thought by some to illustrate the evolution of the text. The digital images are large and clear, but the manuscript itself is sometimes hard to read, having been originally copied onto poor-quality parchment. Along with the images, the site provides: biographical information on Langland; a short description of the poem; and a brief history and description of the manuscript. This resource would be of interest to Langland scholars, or those studying medieval literature and manuscripts more generally.
The Quadrivium Project is an online resource for training doctoral students in Medieval English textual studies. The site is hosted by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Glasgow and is run in partnership with the Universities of: York; Birmingham; Queen Mary's London; and Queen's University in Belfast. The site provides a portal to training materials on: language (mainly Middle English); palaeography and codicology; and textual criticism and editorial practices. Another section on 'socio-historical context' is also under construction at the time of writing. The types of materials available on the site range from links to catalogues of medieval manuscripts and digitised manuscripts, to brief discussions on textual editing processes. The project also provides links to the partner projects and institutions, and to other related websites. This resource would be of interest to postgraduates working in: Medieval English; history; or manuscript studies.
This website outlines a three year AHRC-funded project to create a digital copy of the important Vernon Manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The “biggest and most important surviving late medieval English manuscript”, access to the extensive and lavishly illuminated Vernon Manuscript is currently very limited for reasons of conservation and the “sheer scale of the volume”. This project will publish a DVD-format digital copy, with full colour images and searchable descriptions and transcriptions of every page. The website gives details of the project team and partners.
This website describes the Wollaton collection at the University of Nottingham, and the Heritage Lottery Fund and AHRC funded work to conserve, catalogue and provide access to and raise awareness of this important manuscript collection. The collection comprises "a rare and significant corpus of medieval textual and material artefacts", which once formed part of the Willoughby family's collections at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham. The collections significant is found in ten medieval manuscripts "which include a number of important vernacular literary texts from the 13th to 15th centuries. Works in English, French and Anglo Norman, and two texts in Latin, range in subject from romance and poetry to moral literature for the laity and lives of saints". With a long association with the Willoughby family, these manuscripts, although fragile, have little modern conservation and maintain evidence of their medieval creation. There are a further 42 rare printed books. The website includes descriptions of key items in the collection as well as information about the complimentary Heritage Lottery Fund (focussing on conservation, cataloguing a digitisation) and AHRC (examining the significance of the medieval manuscripts and the importance of the library as a whole) research projects.