This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Acta of Henry II and His Family, 1154-1204 dataset hosted by the Economic amnd Social Data Service (ESDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). The data is deposited with the HDS for archive purposes only, and is unavailable for download or order, although the Web page does include contact details for the project which compiled the data. From this Web page you may however download a PDF of the study documentation. The main aim of this project was to collect, edit and publish the Acts of Henry II and his family as a traditional scholarly edition.The data consists of complete transcriptions of the acts of Henry II and the acts of Richard I, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, Young King Henry (son of Henry II), John, Count of Mortain (later King John), and William, brother of Henry II. The acts are indexed in a database which contains the following information for each document: names of beneficiaries; place at which act is stated to have been given; archive or archives where surviving manuscripts are held; main printed editions; country where granted lands or privileges were; country in which act is stated to have been given; type of beneficiary (monastery, cathedral/bishop, individual, town, or miscellaneous); type of document (charter, writ, charter/writ, or miscellaneous); status of the earliest surviving version (original, ispeximus, cartulary copy, early modern or modern transcript, or printed text); period to which it has been dated (e.g. for Henry II, 1154-62, 1154-72/3, 1162-72/3, 1172/3-1189, or 1154-1189).
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'English Episcopal Acta, 1064-1305' dataset now hosted by ESDS and formerly hosted by the History Data Service (HDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). The data is available to order from the HDS as tab delimited files. From this Web page you may download a PDF of images of the study documentation. To make use of this dataset you must first register with the HDS, and further information is supplied giving instructions. The Episcopal Acta Project collects and edits the surviving charters issued by English bishops from the Norman Conquest to the start of bishops' registers in each diocese. It aims to provide information about the English Church from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries. The Episcopal Acta Database was designed in 1995-6 in conjunction with the British Academy Computing officer. In 2002 a searchable front end was developed. Each individual manuscript of a document edited in the English Episcopal Acta Series has a record entry within the database, recording provenance, dates, sealing and measurements for documents surviving as original charters, a description of contents, notes on the charter as contained in the series, and details of previous printings of the documents again as contained in the printed series. There is also a link to a full transcript of the charter as edited in the printed series.
'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.
This website offers a package of online learning resources based around the unique Laxton open field system. The farmland around the Nottinghamshire village of Laxton contains the sole surviving example of the communally-managed system of strip fields which was widespread in England before the enclosures of the 18th and 19th centuries. This resource, which updates older offline educational materials, is illustrated with reproductions of archive material, including estate maps, the records of manorial and ecclesiastical courts, photographs and census information. The resource is divided into three key themes: Landholding and enclosure, exploring the history and pattern of land ownership and examining the reasons for the survival of the open field system; Open field system and manorial court, illuminating the practice of farming the long narrow cultivated strips or ‘lands’, governed by the still extant manorial court; The Village Population, placing the village and its people in context. Additionally, it is supplemented by a glossary, timeline, further reading and advice on accessing catalogues of material useful for extended research on Laxton. There is also a useful teaching plan, aimed using the resource with key stage 3 school students.
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.
Rukopisnye pamiatniki Drevnei Rusi is the website of a non-commercial organisation of the same name, created by the V. V. Vinogradov Institute of Russian Language (Russian Academy of Sciences) and the publisher Iazyki slavianskikh kul'tur'. A distinguished panel of academic advisors includes eminent scholars such as V. M. Zhivov and A. A. Turilov. The organisation aims to make early Russian manuscripts freely available on the internet, and is responsible for the creation of the excellent 'Drevnerusskie berestianye gramoty', catalogued separately. Other collections include 'a complete collection of Russian chronicles' (PSRL) and 'the manuscript book', which includes: an early Russian translation of Flavius Josephus' History of the Jewish Wars; a Psalter of 1683 translated by Avraam Firsov; The Ostromir Gospel 1056-1057; a Rule dating from the end of the eleventh or beginning of the twelfth century, edited by B.A. Uspenskii. These are currently accessible only with written permission, obtained by emailing the organisation as advised. There is also: a page of information about the organisation; a (limited) links page; a news page. This Russian language-only site will be of most use to researchers and teachers of early Russian culture, language and history.
This is the 22nd online edition of a selection of digitised manuscripts from the Schoyen Collection. The Schoyen Collection is a large private manuscript collection formed in the 20th century and held at the National Library of Norway, comprising over 13,000 manuscripts from all over the world and spanning over 5,000 years, from 3300 BC to 1500 AD. The checklist is well structured and has a good contents page with hyperlinks to the main collections organised by subject. Sections of particular interest to manuscript scholars include: Bibles; history; literature; bindings; pre-1450 printing; and palaeography. The manuscript descriptions are very full and include good quality images in both thumbnail and large screen formats. There is also a comprehensive introductory section giving an overview of the entire Schoyen Collection, including the chronological distribution of manuscripts, the distribution by countries and languages, and a list of manuscript scriptoria and provenances. Users will also find a bibliography related to the Schoyen Collection.
The website "Schøyen Collection" is a private collection of manuscript items comprising most types of material and content from around the world, spanning over 5,000 years, owned by Martin Schøyen. Containing 13,010 items, it is the largest private manuscript collection formed in the 20th century. This website comprises a detailed checklist of manuscripts arranged by subject, chronology, country, and provenance. About 600 manuscripts are explained in detail with images of sample pages. These manuscripts include examples of patristic literature, writings on world religions, mathematical tables, and some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Smaller collections that may be previewed over the Internet deal with subjects such as Roman military diplomas, slavery, wine and beer, and literary letters.
Sankt-Peterburgskii korpus agiograficheskikh tekstov [Saint Petersburg corpus of hagiographical texts] is a searchable database of medieval Slavic saints lives, constructed by the department of mathematical linguistics at the University of St Petersburg. It contains more than 50 manuscripts, with around 500,000 catalogued word usages. The word index may be searched in Old Slavic using an online keyboard, and results show the desired word (and lexical derivatives) in context. Unfortunately it is difficult to indentify the manuscript from which the results have been selected, and it is not possible to search only within selected manuscripts. The site is easy to navigate but requires a font download and works in Internet Explorer but not Firefox. A particularly pleasing feature is that the transcribed saints lives (dating from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century) can be downloaded in PDF or XML format. There are also several pages explaining: manuscript transcription, construction of the word index (accounting for multiple spelling variants; omission of superscript marks etc.); morphosyntactic mark-up; XML mark-up. This is a wonderful resource for researchers in the field of Slavic linguistics, palaeoslavistics and medieval Slavic culture.
Slovo: Towards a Digital Library of South Slavic Manuscripts is the website of an international project which aims to: increase cooperation between academic institutions studying medieval Slavic monastic culture; develop a website on Balkan literary heritage; create internationally agreed standards for the electronic publishing, description and encoding of medieval Slavic manuscripts. Pages on individual monasteries offer all or some of the following: an overview of monastery history; a description of manuscript collections and art treasures; a description of digitization efforts; links to manuscript descriptions; related links; bibliography; links to online articles or PDF files. Within the guidelines section is: an article on storing, publishing and researching Slavic manuscripts with computer technology, based on the work of the Repertorium Intitiative and the Slovo project; a ‘how to’ encode Slavic manuscripts within Text Encoding Initiative guidelines; and further documents on character set standardization, XML and advanced encoding resources which will be of interest specifically for those involved in the electronic publishing of medieval manuscripts. The links to current manuscript projects under ‘initiatives’ are of particular interest. This site will be of great use for researchers in the field of palaeoslavistics, and of significant interest to those researching medieval Slavic monastic culture.