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How to touch, smell and taste a ‘deconstructed’ medieval manuscript

A unique opportunity to experience a medieval manuscript as a sensory experience is currently taking place at the University of Leicester.

Medieval manuscripts: Easter in the Book of Hours of Henry IV of France

On the occasion of the Easter holiday, we present a set of exceptional miniatures from the Book of Hours of Henry IV of France

X-Ray Imaging uncovers hidden ancient text in medieval manuscript

This week researchers in California are scanning a medieval manuscript to help uncover a medical text by the ancient physician Galen, which was scrapped off and replaced in the eleventh-century.

Rare Collection of Royal Charters to Be Preserved for Future Generations

A rare collection of royal charters dating back to the 12th century will be restored as part of a new project to preserve the precious documents for future generations.

The Newberry opens up access to 1.7 million historical images

The Newberry seeks to promote wider public engagement with 1.7 million high-res images now online.

New Light on the Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Manuscript: Multispectral Imaging and the Cotton Nero A.x. Illustrations

Among the striking features of the modest manuscript, London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero A.x., are ten full-page illustrations of the poems and a further two taking up most of their pages.

Collection of 3,000 medieval manuscripts now online

After centuries of separation, one of the most valuable collections of manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age – the Bibliotheca Palatina – has been virtually reunited.

Medieval Manuscripts: Seven Songs for an Absent Lover

The Pergamino Vindel leaf is famous for its 13th century collection of seven songs written in the voice of a young woman awaiting her absent lover.

The Ideological Power of Some Almohad Illuminated Manuscripts

From the mid-12th century, the production of lavishly illuminated copies of certain texts acquired a special ideological meaning in the Maghrib, due to the rise of the Almohads.

The Authoritative Text: Raymond of Penyafort’s editing of the Decretals of Gregory IX (1234)

The Decretals has long been understood as a key text for the study of the medieval papacy, the rise of scholasticism within the universities, and the extension of the Church’s jurisdiction into almost every area of medieval life.

Using AI to uncover the mystery of the Voynich manuscript

Modern scientific methods help decipher language and meaning of medieval manuscript.

Woven Words in the Lindisfarne Gospels

This dissertation investigates the meanings and function of the five ornamental pages that decorate the Lindisfarne Gospels, a Gospel book produced in the British Isles, most likely in the Isle of Lindisfarne, around 720 CE.

Medieval Manuscripts: The Calendar in the Books of Hours of Charles of Angoulême

The book of hours is undoubtedly a most invaluable aid to understanding how men and women viewed time in both the long term and the short term in the Middle Ages.

Exhibition of Medieval Manuscripts Opening at the Art Institute of Chicago

From January 27-May 28, 2018, the Art Institute of Chicago will present a collection of manuscript illuminations spanning four hundred years of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance from countries across Western Europe.

Was a lease effective as a weapon of lordship? The use of documents in the principality of Salerno (10th-11th Century)

This paper attempts to examine the strategic use of the agrarian contracts by the landlords of the principality of Salerno in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

Outcasts: Prejudice and Persecution in the Medieval World comes to the Getty

Outcasts: Prejudice & Persecution in the Medieval World, on view January 30—April 8, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, presents individual case studies that examine the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion.

Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time – new exhibition comes to the Morgan Library

Drawing upon the rich holdings of the Morgan Library & Museum’s collection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, Now and Forever explores how people told time in the Middle Ages and what they thought about it.

Canterbury Roll now available online

In New Zealand, University of Canterbury staff and students are working to translate and digitise a unique medieval manuscript to make it accessible to the world.

Medieval Manuscripts: Epiphany in The Great Hours of Anne of Brittany

The Great Hours of Anne of Brittany is undoubtedly a masterpiece of French painting, as is fitting for a manuscript intended for someone who was twice queen of France: with Charles VIII and then Louis XII.

The Anglo-Norman Vegetius: a thirteenth century translation of the “De re militari”

The De re militari of Flavius Vegetius Renatus was written and compiled towards the close of the fourth century. Dedicated to the reigning Emperor, the work is a military treatise describing the training, organization, tactics and strategy of the Roman army.

A Record of the Defense of Xiangyang’s City Wall, 1206-1207

The focus of this thesis is the annotated translation of a diary completed in 1207 by a low ranking military officer in the Southern Song army named Zhao Wannian.

Medieval Manuscripts: The Massacre of the Innocents and Flight into Egypt in the Bible moralisée of Naples

Taking a look at how the 14th century Bible moralisée of Naples portrays two episodes of Jesus’ life after his birth.

Medieval Manuscripts: Illustrating the Nativity Scene at the end of the 15th century

The Hours of Charles of Angoulême was commissioned c. 1485 by the Count of Angoulême, and is undeniably Robinet Testard’s most personal work. Around the same time (c. 1500), in England, the illuminator Jean Poyer finished his masterpiece, The Hours of Henry VIII.

The Date of the Gough Map

The date commonly given for the Gough map of Britain, about 1360, is, in the author’s opinion, wrong. Arguments that have been offered to support such a dating are invalid.

Take a look at the Luttrell Psalter

Watch Facsimile Finder’s video taking us through this fourteenth-century manuscript.

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