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Medieval manuscripts

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Many library websites contain information about medieval manuscripts. This page focuses on manuscript searching, not on palaeography or book production. For clarity's sake I have tried to present the links in a number of groups. A few international technological initiatives lead the way in digital cataloguing and online presentation of manuscripts. Links are shown to online catalogues of libraries with medieval manuscripts and to databases with manuscripts containing particular texts. Only a few libraries have yet digitized all their medieval manuscripts. Since many people obviously love illuminated manuscripts, you will find here some fine links to these kind of manuscripts, presenting both some all time favourites but also some more surprising examples. Some sites present whole groups of manuscripts or concentrate on particular texts. To balance this rather personal choice of web links this page ends with an offering of some large link collections that will further guide you search to medieval manuscripts. At another page of this site you will find more on digitisation of the cultural heritage.

International initiatives

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Online manuscript catalogues

Apart from catalogues for one or more libraries there are important repertoria for particular kinds of manuscripts:

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Digitized manuscript collections

The following sites present seamless examples of cataloguing and digitizing complete collections of medieval manuscripts:

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Miniatures

One should mention in particular a number of French sites for searching illuminations in medieval manuscripts:

And of course one can find elsewhere in Europe and America web sites with illuminated manuscripts:

One should mention also individual manuscripts. Either the illumination or the texts can be the reason for digitalisation:

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More links

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