An exceptional collection of seven alphabets (two Hebrew, one Greek, one 'Chaldaean', one 'Egyptian', one runic, and one of obscure origin entitled 'Norma') is preserved in a manuscript in the Vatican library (Reg.lat.338) composed in Northern France or perhaps Germany and dating, probably, from the first half of the 9th century AD. Written in Caroline... Continue Reading →
One of the manuscripts I looked at this month in Oxford (Magdalen Lat 36, 13th c. English chronicle) had these very nice marginal scribblings that I thought would look nice in a post. They all point to a passage in the text that their author(s) considered noteworthy. The "ha ha" in the first image was... Continue Reading →
Late last week I enrolled in this palaeography and medieval latin programme with Keele University and for the last four days I've been sweating like a scrivener in his dusty scriptorium. Only the classroom at Keele is not at all dusty and with all the rain pouring down every day, sweating only comes from working... Continue Reading →
One of the most important collections of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts - for centuries kept at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge - has been entirely digitised, and is now available on the internet. The college's Parker Library holds more than 550 documents - including the 6th Century St Augustine Gospels, and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the earliest history... Continue Reading →
Here is an article I've recently written about the carolingian manuscript on the PECIA blog. If you're interested and you read French, click here.
I've just uploaded half of the manuscript I wrote about a couple of days ago (Luxembourg cartulary from the 14th century). It's not final though as it needs some editing but the essential is there and the text is highly readable. I will try to complete the manuscript by the end of next week. In... Continue Reading →