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Further Resources

Many of the resources below are electronic text based. Textual studies, however, is not only the study of the content of a text but also the study of the form or structure of the text. Paleography is as relevant to textual studies as other forms of text analysis. There are an increasing number of sites on the Internet which permit access to digitised folios of medieval manuscripts, sometimes together with transliteration, translation, and/or commentary. A few are listed below and might be of use for teaching palaeography or the history of manuscripts.

  • Scripta: The History of Handwriting
    Based at the Dept. of Italian Studies of the University of Trieste, Italy, this site allows you to download and configure your PC to display a Toolbook application which contains examples and commentary on manuscript hands ranging from the first century BC to the fifteenth century AD. Users should be aware that the Toolbook applications are all written in Italian.
  • Duke University Papyrus Archive
    This extensive site provides electronic access to texts about and images of 1,373 papyri from ancient Egypt. There are also sections dealing with the general history of papyri as well as the opportunity to browse the archive by selected topics (culture, document forms, religious aspects, scripts etc). See also the papyrus collection at the University of Michigan and the Papyrology Home Page.
  • Byzantine Paleography
    Created by Paul Halsall (Fordham University) as part of his Byzantine Studies web site this page designed as an aid to teaching Byzantine paleography contains an introduction to Greek manuscripts, a guide to Greek letter forms and the derivation of the Greek alphabet, a worked example (Ps 25 from the Chludov Psalter, Moscow State Historical Museum) and an annotated collection of digitized folios which illustrate the development of Greek writing. This site might be used to good effect with Timothy Seid's Interpreting Ancient Manuscripts tutorial.
  • The Aberdeen Bestiary
    The project is a collaborative effort between Aberdeen University Library, the department of Art History and the Centre for Computer Based Learning in Land Use and Environmental Sciences (CLUES) to produce digitised images of manuscripts on the World Wide Web. Each folio of the The Aberdeen Bestiary has been digitised and is displayed together with transcription, translation and commentary. There are also opporunities to view magnified sections of each folio (The Aberdeen Bestiary is a highly illuminated manuscript). Requires Netscape 1.1 and a high resolution monitor capable of displaying 64,000 colours.
  • Le Roi Charles V et son temps
    This resources is made available by La Bibliothèque Nationale de France. It contains 1000 illuminations from their department of manuscripts detailing the age of Charles V (1338-1380). There is a range of background material and introductory essays. The digitised manuscripts include a copy of the Breviary of Martin of Aragon (15thC), the Chronicles of Jean Froissart, and the 14th century Catalan Atlas.
  • The Electronic Beowulf
    Probably the best known of the British Library's Initiatives for Access programme, the Electronic Beowulf is an assemby of a huge database of digital images of the Beowulf manuscript and related manuscripts and printed texts. "The project has been developed by The Library with two leading American Anglo-Saxon experts, Kevin Kiernan of the University of Kentucky and Paul Szarmach of the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University."
  • The York Doomsday Project
    This is a multimedia computer project on the fifteenth-century York Mystery Plays. The project is directed by Professor M.A. Twycross (Lancaster University) and Dr P.M. King (St Martin's College, Lancaster), and funded by the British Academy. The Project intends to collect and hyperlink all evidence (text and image) pertaining to the study of the York Mystery Cycle, and make them available to scholars and teachers of medieval theatre.
  • The Planets and Their Children: A Blockbook of Medieval Popular Astrology
    Digitised images of 15th century views of the planets together with accompanying poetic texts.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry
    A series of images made accessible by Carolyn Schriber at Rhodes College. Further teaching resources are available from the Medieval History at Rhodes page.
  • Further resources may be found from EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe (compiled by Richard Hacken); ORB: On-Line Text Materials for Medieval Studies (directed by Carolyn Schriber, Rhodes College); The Labyrinth Project (directed by Martin Irvine and Deborah Everhart, Georgetown University).

Suggestions for additions

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