This website offers information about the Abbreviationes software created at the KUN Center for Medieval and Renaissance Natural Philosophy in The Netherlands as a powerful reference tool for reading medieval Latin manuscripts. It is an electronic dictionary of medieval Latin abbreviations designed for use in learning and teaching of medieval Latin paleography. The software consists of a database of over 70,000 entries. Abbreviationes is available in a personal edition, a workgroup edition for 10 users, and a server edition for an unlimited number of users. There is also an Abbreviationes Online version by subscription.Order and purchasing details are also available on the website. The resource is frequently updated, and upgraded with new versions of the database for use on a wide variety of browsers. It is possible to receive a free trial of the database through the website, and users will find a great deal of textual information (including screen-grabs) about the database's operation.
Adfontes is a website dedicated to an eLearning application developed and maintained by the History Department of the University of Zurich. It is in German, and aims to help students develop the skills necessary for archival work. The site consists of online tutorials for transcribing and dating Latin and German documents, using digitally reproduced samples of documents from the archives of the Abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland. Adfontes may be used free of charge, after registering and installing Shock Wave freeware. It is organized in four interlinked sections devoted to practical tasks, lessons and reference material. The 'Tutorium' section provides concise information on: transcription; chronology; dating; weights; and measures. In 'Training', students can transcribe online everything from pre-Carolingian manuscripts to 19th-century letters. A magnifying tool, helpful hints and the option to check results are supplied. The 'Archiv' section simulates a visit to the archives of Einsiedeln Abbey; 'Ressourcen' has tables, links and other reference material. Adfontes, besides winning a number of prizes, has been tested successfully as a teaching aid.
Aristoteles Latinus is a project aiming to produce a multi-volume critical edition of all the medieval translations of Aristotle from Greek to Latin, including a critical apparatus evidencing the way in which Aristotle's texts became known in the West. The project is under development at the De Wulf-Mansion Centre, Catholic University, Louvain and it is receiving support from the International Union of Academies. Twenty-seven volumes have already been published during the last 50 years and they are listed on the project website. They include the entire corpus of Aristotle's logical works; his Metaphysics and Nicomachean Ethics; and several versions of the physical and technical works. The complete texts are available in printed form and in an electronic database (ALD-1) on CD-Rom. The two are not identical, however, as much of the critical apparatus, indexes and other tools have not been included in the electronic version. On the website there is also a list of editions in progress as well as a list of future editions to be considered. There is other useful information on the website including information about related research projects, lectures and events.
This is the website of the "Center for Hellenic Traditions" established in 2004 at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. The site reflects the activities and publication profile of this centre. Its proclaimed aim is to "promote innovative research into the history of Hellenic culture in a number of less frequented research areas". Thus, the research fields include religion, theology, philosophy, literature, and history of art, while the geographical area covered comprises the Balkans, the Eastern Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East and India from Antiquity to the Early Modern period. The site informs about the workshops and colloquia organised by the center and introduces the most recent publications. The center is also part of a larger project of digitisation of Syriac manuscripts in Southern India. A call for application for fellowships is posted on the site. The titles in the lecture series hosted by the centre gives a god overview of the research interests of the centre and of the good academic reputation it has acquired among specialists.
Comptes des chatellenies Savoyardes is a website which provides images taken from 13th and 14th-century account rolls, using them in a number of self-guided palaeography exercises. The site is entirely written in French, but for those without French-language skills the exercises (based on Latin texts) are extremely easy to use and would therefore constitute useful practice for anyone already studying medieval palaeography. Small sections of document, in a number of different types of hands, are shown in facsimile, under which users type their transcription word by word and line by line. Success in transcription is indicated by coloured highlights showing whether the answer is correct or contains errors. The correct transcription is hidden at the bottom of the page, as well as beneath the manuscript image, and users can click on lines at any time to check their progress. This site is related to a parent site which provides detailed images of account rolls of the House of Savoy.
DEEDS is the website of the Documents of Essex England Data Set Project founded in 1975 by Professor Michael Gervers, now called the Database of Dated Medieval English Charters at the University of Toronto. At the core of this project is an ORACLE database of some 300,000 records containing personal names, relationships, occupations, properties, places, and dates extracted from medieval English property exchange documents. The main sources of information for the initial database were the "Great Cartulary of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England" (1442), the "Feet of Fines for Essex" (1182-1307), selected entries from the "Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem", and a number of smaller Essex cartularies but the sources included constantly continuously have expanded the material considerably to include property documents from all over England and Wales. Several full-text articles describing this work and applying computing to medieval charters are published on the website. There are more ways to explore the database: browsing, which gives an overview of all the charters; searching with queries to the database; by using the chronological evaluation of medieval charters; or by sending queries about the scribal identity of charters. The main page of the DEEDS project features more projects managed by Michael Gervers at University of Toronto and links to their own websites: Ethiopia. Treasury of Ethiopian Images; Central and Inner Asian Studies (a research institute); and D+Mech, Dater of Medieval English Charters. Training courses offered by the DEEDS team are also presented on this site. The Database of Medieval English Charters is of great use for specialists but also for students, although it does require knowledge of medieval property charters vocabulary and of Latin.
The website "Digitale Edition der Chronik von Thietmar von Merseburg" is an online resource from the Monumenta Germaniae Historica providing a digital facsimile of the Dresden manuscript of the chronicle of Bishop Thietmar von Merseburg (975-1018), a chronicle which deals with the history of Saxony, 908-1018 CE. The chronicle is in Latin; the supporting information is in German. The digitisation is a version of the facsimile text of the manuscript from the Dresden library, published in print as: Die Dresdner Handschrift der Chronik des Bischofs Thietmar von Merseburg, hrsg. von Ludwig Schmidt (Dresden: Tamme, 1905). Full text searching is possible. The images can be enlarged and thanks to the good quality scans the text is highly lisible. The website also contains a digitisation of: Die Chronik des Bischofs Thietmar von Merseburg und ihre Korveier Überarbeitung, hrsg. von Robert Holtzmann, unveränd. Nachdr. der Ausg. Berlin, 1935 (München: Monumenta Germaniae Historica 1980) which is a transcription of the medieval manuscript. This resource is an important primary source for those interested in medieval history and culture.
'Geschichte und Geschichten : Das Mittelalter erzählt' (History and stories : The Middle Ages recount) is the web page of an exhibition by the 'Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel' in 2001/2002. The exhibition displays both manuscripts and printed books dealing with history and saints lives in particular, but also storytelling from the high and late middle ages. It focuses on material containing remarkable illustrations. The exhibition is directed towards the general public and aims to arouse interest in the time and subject it covers. The webpage contains a sample page of 15 selected, richly illustrated exhibits and features introductory notes to each document. The chosen manuscript pages are in a generous size and good quality images but they cannot be enlarged.
The website "Manuscrits médiévaux des monastères et chapitres vosgiens. Catalogues and inventoires" is an online version of the second volume of Marie-José Gasse-Grandjean's doctoral thesis entitled "Livres manuscrits et librairies dans les abbayes et les chapitres vosgiens des origines au XVIe siècle", presented in 1989 at Universite Nancy 2 (2 vol., 752 p. + pl.). This volume brings together various research sources, including: a catalogue of the surviving Vosgian manuscripts, a presentation of ancient book catalogues from Vosgian monasteries, and a list of books found in various archives.The complete text of the volume is available online, as well as an extensive bibliography and a few digital images of manuscripts. The catalogue of surviving manuscripts is presented in a searchable database form, and includes comprehensive indexes for each search field. This resource is particularly useful to the specialist manuscript researcher. The site is now archived.
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.
This website publishes a database of pictures and transcriptions of ancient manuscripts (originating in the first centuries AD) conserved in northeastern Italy and coming from the archives of Aquileia, an important Roman colony and later Christian patriarchate. The ancient musical format of the "monodia" (chanted lament) resisted later influences in the area and became typical of the Christian tradition of the area. The manuscripts that have been made available are all Late Antiquity / Early Medieval volumes with Christian texts and music used for liturgical celebrations. The website is in Italian, and at the time of review it was largely incomplete and being updated. However, the pictures of some full manuscripts are already available and researchers interested in these manuscripts may find them useful, along with bibliographic references and some texts. In particular, some miniatures, liturgical texts and musical notations may be useful to researchers in the fields of history of music; art and religious studies.