The website "The Augsburg Web Edition Llull's Electoral Writings" is an online database of facsimiles, transcriptions, and translations of Raymond Llull's (1232-1316) three writings on electoral systems: Artifitium electionis personarum (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Cod.Vat.lat.9332); En qual manera Natana fo eleta a abadessa (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Cod.Hisp.67); De arte eleccionis (Sankt Nikolaus-Hospital / Cusanusstift Papers Cod.Cus.83). Each text is presented in three formats present in frames on the same screen: a digital black and white image of the original, a transcription, and translations in either English, German, Catalan and French. Selecting words from either frame highlights its correspondent sequence in all versions of the text. Papers and related articles on these texts are also available in full-text format (PDF or .html) on this website, as well as links to other relevant online resources, including the research paper presented by the three authors of this edition in the journal 'Le médiéviste et l'ordinateur'.
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.
The European Library Treasures Web Exhibition website, a subsite of the European Library, which is hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands, features a virtual exhibition displaying some of the most precious artefacts in European libraries dating from the 5th century BC. The online exhibition features illuminated manuscripts, early printed material, rare and precious books, bookbinding, drawings, prints, and decorated papers from the national libraries of more than forty European countries. The exhibition can be searched or browsed by country, date, or themes such as: art and architecture; the Bible; geography; history; literature; music; politics; religion; and sciences. The exhibits are accompanied by details of their provenance and some cursory information about the object. Each entry offers a digital image, which can be viewed in small and large formats. All images open up in a new window, and the site is easy to navigate. The larger European Library host site features a cross-search function that enables users to find sources in national libraries across the continent. The site is available in English, French, and German. This is an excellent site for those interested in manuscript studies in particular.
'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 "Manuscriptorium: European Digital Library of Written Cultural Heritage" is a project for collecting and providing online access to historical resources European wide. It is basically a collective virtual library, gathering the holdings of numerous national and university libraries from Europe. Originally a project financed by the National Library of the Czech Republic, thanks to the ENRICH project it has now expanded to include 5 million digitised images. Historical book resources in this database include: manuscripts; incunabula; early printed books; maps; charters; and any other type of written document. A list of the contributing libraries can be consulted. Users are encouraged to make use of the free registration, which gives them access to the full range of research and editing tools from this website: creating virtual documents with images from the database with personal notes; or the translation tool for document descriptions. A PDF file with a guide to using Manuscriptorium is provided. The search can be easy or advanced, using document identification or document origin. The welcome screen also gives information for partner or new institutions. The site provides specific software tools and engines needed for uploading new documents, therefore creating a rather overwhelming main page. The website is available in several European languages, although the search interface is exclusively in English. Manuscriptorium is a crucial resource for anyone interested in history, cultural history and cultural heritage.
The Manuscripts of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre is an electronic resource which can be downloaded from the website of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS). The resource consists of a collection of PNG images, providing a facsimile of the entire manuscript collection of the French writer and botanist Bernardin de Saint-Pierre in the library at Le Havre, France, plus images of the correspondence exchanged between Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and Hennin, held in the library of the Institut de France.
"St. Mary of Egypt in BL ms Cotton Otho B. x" is a full-text online version of an MA thesis of the same title, submitted to the University of Kentucky by Linda Cantara in 2001 and supervised by Kevin Kiernan. The subject of the thesis is the anonymous Old English prose Life of St. Mary of Egypt, in particular the fragmentary text contained within the severely damaged Otho B. x. manuscript of the British Library's Cotton collection. Using high-resolution digital facsimiles (which in turn were created in conjunction with ultraviolet fluorescence) the author contends that Otho B. x. contains textual evidence not present in other versions of the work (e.g. BL MS Cotton Julius E. vii). The thesis examines the textual history and current scholarship of the text and, in part three, presents new textual evidence illustrated with excerpts from the digital images of the manuscript folios. A list of figures and works cited are also included. This is a fascinating piece of work, which should be of intererst to those studying Old-English literature and medieval manuscripts.
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.