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Researchers unlock the chemistry of Irish medieval manuscripts

Hidden away among the letters and words that cover the Gaelic manuscripts of the late middle ages is a world of minerals and chemical compounds. These chemicals have their own tales to tell about the craft and ingenuity of the scribes.

1,300 Hebrew manuscript now online in bilingual website

The British Library has launched its first ever fully bilingual web resource, providing free access to its spectacular collection of Hebrew manuscripts to researchers worldwide.

Two unnoticed pieces of medieval polyphony

The two pieces introduced and briefly discussed in this article have so far remained unnoticed because of the manner of their notation. In each case pieces of twovoice polyphony were notated with the two voices separate, instead of in the score notation which has been usual since, roughly, the second half of the twelfth century.

Send Medieval e-cards this Christmas

Wish your relatives and friends a Merry Christmas with a selection of inspiring e-Cards with images from the most exquisite illuminated Books of Hours from our friends at Moleiro Editor.

The Dog in the Middle Ages

In my project, I will be looking at the inextricable link between dogs and humans in the Middle Ages, and how dogs had their place among humans, forged relationships with humans, and had their own function in the human world. 

Income and working time of a Fencing Master in Bologna in the 15th and early 16th century

Since ancient times, the master-at-arms profession has always been considered essential for the education of the nobility and the common citizenship, especially in the Middle Ages. Yet, we know nothing about the real standard of living of these characters.

How well do you know your medieval manuscripts: Beast Mode

You know these manuscripts–most of them would make ‘most famous lists.’ But that means you know them by nickname. Do you also know them by shelfmark?

Medieval Manuscripts: The Book of Felicity

The Book of Felicity features descriptions of the twelve signs of the zodiac accompanied by splendid miniatures; a series of paintings showing how human circumstances are influenced by the planets; astrological and astronomical tables; and an enigmatic treatise on fortune telling.

Medieval Manuscripts: Bread in the 15th-century

The manuscript ‘Tacuinum Sanitatis’ shows modern readers how medieval bakers prepared bread.

How well do you know your Medieval Manuscripts?

Can you identify these iconic medieval manuscripts?

Medieval manuscripts: The Hours of Charles of Angoulême

The Hours of Charles of Angoulême has plenty of surprises in store for lovers of illuminated manuscripts.

Leafing through your favourite medieval facsimiles from your own desk

The Take a Break from the Present video series will take you on an exciting journey at the discovery of ancient illuminated books.

Conversations Between Medieval Texts and Digital Editions: The Remediation of Harley 4205

While the knightly and kingly images of the British Library’s MS Harley 4205 are visually intriguing, there has been little research dedicated to this manuscript. These figures and their textual counterparts reveal a tension central to this manuscript between its repetitious features and identifying markers.

Historians Challenge Oxford’s Claim of World’s Oldest Zero

An international group of historians of Indian mathematics challenges Oxford’s findings around the age and importance of a manuscript thought to contain the oldest known zero.

Historical Jigsaw Puzzle: Digitally piecing together Medieval manuscript fragments

The leading manuscript libraries of Europe and North America have been participating for the last three years in developing the digital research platform Fragmentarium.

British Library purchases 13th-century Psalter for £775,000

A rare and beautiful Psalter produced in thirteenth-century London has been acquired by the British Library. The Mostyn Psalter-Hours can now be viewed online.

Fused Imaging Reveals Sixth-Century Writing Hidden Inside Bookbinding

After being hidden for centuries, the secrets within medieval manuscripts might soon come to light.

The York Gospels: a one thousand year biological palimpsest

Medieval manuscripts, carefully curated and conserved, represent not only an irreplaceable documentary record but also a remarkable reservoir of biological information.

X-rays identify medieval manuscript ink

Analyzing pigments in medieval illuminated manuscript pages at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is opening up some new areas of research bridging the arts and sciences.

Why do People Keep Things (including Manuscripts)?

In this paper, I will describe the broad outlines of a deep history of storage, with special reference to habits for storing and using manuscripts and legal acts among the laity of later medieval Europe.

Fatimid State Documents, Serial Recyclers and the Cairo Geniza

Among the many unexpected finds the Cairo Geniza has yielded are hundreds—possibly thousands—of medieval documents of state in Arabic script.

Aristotle and the Medieval University: The Birth of a New Book Format

This paper focuses on manuscripts with Latin copies of Aristotle’s works produced for educational purposes between c. 1100 and c. 1300.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 3, No. 12) : Medieval Nation

In this issue we tackle National Holidays and the development of Nations, manuscripts at the Getty, and look at courtly festivities and jousting in London. We’re also baking bread Viking style, taking a trip to Avignon, and joining the medieval navy!

What is Medieval Paratext?

When considering medieval manuscripts, what is marginal, and what is not?

Imagining the Past: Interplay between literary and visual imagery in late medieval France

Her research examines the relationships between text and image in vernacular late medieval French manuscripts.

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