Medieval Treasures from the Digital.Bodleian

Image from the Menologion, a 14th century Byzantine work, now online courtesy Digital.Bodleian

Last month, the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford officially launched their Digital.Bodleian online resource, which allows users to view, download and share over 100,000 images going back to the Middle Ages.

Parker Library on the Web turns 10-years-old, announces improvements to medieval manuscripts database

Parker on the Web

Parker Library on the Web has become one of the leading digital medieval manuscript sites since 2005, when an early prototype was first demonstrated. Now, ten years after the prototype, and six years after the release of the first production version, work has begun on Parker on the Web 2.0.

How I Built an Information Time Machine

Frederic Kaplan

Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years

New online database allows users to explore the families of Medieval England

Mapping the Medieval Countryside

Mapping the Medieval Countryside has announced that the beta version of their searchable English translations of inquisitions post mortem (IPMs) – a major source into the lives and legacies of thousands of families from the Later Middle Ages.

Northumberland Bestiary now online

Northumberland Bestiary - Getty Museum

The Getty Museum has recently digitized and made available the Northumberland Bestiary, a 13th century manuscript containing descriptions and images of animals and beasts.

Medieval English Law manuscript digitised

First page of the Textus Roffensis.

The Textus Roffensis, a 12th century legal encyclopaedia, is now available online.

Aberdeen Breviary goes online

aberdeen breviary

A copy of the Aberdeen Breviary, one of the first printed books in Scotland, has been purchased by the National Library of Scotland and is now available to read online.

Mapping the Medieval Countryside

Medieval Feudalism - Roland pledges his fealty to Charlemagne

My summary of a Institute of Historical Research session on the digitization of records in Late Medieval England.

Vatican Library plans to digitize 41 million pages

vatican library digitization

The Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana has begun the first phase of a massive digitization project and over the next four years will digitize over 3000 manuscripts. The Vatican library hopes to eventually digitize all 82 000 manuscripts in it collection, which covers over 41 million pages.

Limitations and ethical implications of digitizing medieval manuscripts

British Library - Medieval manuscript

This article seeks to identify limitations and ethical implications encountered when digitizing medieval manuscripts.

Old Light on New Media: Medieval Practices in a Digital Ages

Bestiary on iPad

This essay offers an insight into the way digital editions of medieval texts can be employed to replicate the medieval reading experience.

The St Albans Psalter now online

St albans psalter - image from Wikicommons Media

The St Albans Psalter, one of the most impressive medieval manuscripts created in twelfth-century England, has been digitized and is now available to view for free online.

The Vatican and Oxford University team up to digitize 1.5 million pages of medieval manuscripts

Image from a Byzantine manuscript now digitized

The University of Oxford and the Vatican have jointly created a digital project that will put online over 1.5 million pages of medieval and biblical texts.

Over a thousand medieval manuscripts to be digitized in Poland

Shown here is "The Great Missal", from the Church of Mary Magdalene in Wroclaw, circa 1470, part of the Wroclaw University Library archives being digitized and made available online for the first time with IBM technology.  Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland

Wroclaw University Library in Poland is teaming up with IBM to digitize nearly 800,000 pages of European manuscripts, books, and maps dating back to the Middle Ages. This will include over 1100 medieval manuscripts.

Stanford University and Walters Art Museum team up for medieval manuscript digitization project

This scene of Noah's Ark is a leaf from a manuscript of Bible pictures by W. de Brailes, a 13th-century English artist. High-resolution images of medieval manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum will have a second home in the Stanford Digital Repository, which will provide digital handling tools that will allow scholars to analyze the manuscripts and compare them with manuscripts elsewhere. (Photo: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore)

A new agreement will ensure the long-term preservation of the Walters Art Museum’s digitized collection of medieval manuscripts and provide new apps for studying them.

‘Fromm thennes faste he gan avyse/This litel spot of erthe’: GIS and the General Prologue

Canterbury Tales - Chaucer

This paper was given at the Canada Chaucer Seminar on April 27, 2013.

Medievalists and the Scholarly Digital Edition


Clearly, since 2002 there has been significant growth in the number and range of digitized manuscripts available online, and it may be that the increase in the reported use of digitized facsimiles simply follows the increasing availability of those facsimiles.

New Testament from the oldest complete Bible available online for the first time

Codex Alexandrinus,Tree of Life (BL, Royal 1 D viii, f. 41v) (c) British Library Board

The New Testament volume from one of the British Library’s most valuable treasures, Codex Alexandrinus, has been made available online for the first time on the British Library’s website.

The Geese Book – medieval manuscript now available online

geese book

One of the most interesting manuscripts of the late Middle Ages is now available online – The Geese Book, a lavishly and whimsically illuminated, two-volume liturgical book, can now be accessed through a project from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Reference Corpus of Late Middle English Scientific Prose

middle english prose

This paper presents the current status of the project Reference Corpus of Late Middle English Scientific Prose, which pursues the digital editing of hitherto unedited scientific, particularly medical, manuscripts in late Middle English, as well as the compilation of an annotated corpus

Medieval Arabic manuscripts, East India Company papers, to go online

Or.2784, folio 96r Miniature depicting Aristotle instructing Alexander the Great, from The Description and Uses of Animals compiled from works by Aristotle and ‘Ubayd Allah ibn Bakhtishu. The undated copy was probably made in Baghdad in the first half of the 13th century. Image courtesy the British Library

The British Library and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development have unveiled an ambitious partnership to transform people’s understanding of the history of the Middle East, and the region’s relationship with Britain and the rest of the world.

University of Oxford and Vatican to digitize 1.5 million pages of historical texts

One of the Bodleian's newly digitised ancient texts is a manuscript from Venice dating from 1478. Photo courtesy University of Oxford

A collaboration between the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana at the Vatican will bring historical texts dating back to the Middle Ages into the digital era.

Medieval Monastic Library of Lorsch recreated online

From left to right: Hessian Minister of Science Eva Kühne-Hörmann, Prof. Dr. Thomas Rausch, Vice Rector for Research and Structure of Ruperto Carola, Dr. Veit Probst, Director of Heidelberg University Library, Karl Weber, Director of the Administration of State Houses and Gardens in Hesse, and Theresia Bauer, Minister of Science of Baden-Württemberg - photo courtesy Heidelberg University

The unique holdings of the medieval monastic library of Lorsch, currently scattered over 68 libraries worldwide, are being re-compiled into a virtual library.

The Walters Art Museum Receives $265,000 NEH Grant to Digitize Over 100 Flemish Manuscripts

Flemish, Beaupre Antiphonal: Musician Angels and the Harrowing of Hell (detail), 1290, ink, paint and gold on parchment, 48.1 x 34.6 cm, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Gift of the William R. Hearst Foundation, 1957 (W.759.2R) Photo courtesy Walters Art Museum

This third NEH grant allows the Walters to provide public access to an even greater number of its illuminated medieval manuscripts

Medieval records of the Church Courts of York now online

A court book from the church court at York - photo courtesy Borthwick Institute for Archives

From arguments about church taxes on liquorice, roses and pigeon dung, to families disputing wills and inheritance, the records paint a vivid picture of the social, economic, political, religious and emotional world of people living in a period from the 14th to 19th centuries.

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