Research Resources

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Here are a few of the online and print resources that I recommend to my students for researching medieval manuscripts:

General Manuscript Research:

vHMML(this is great for paleography practice!)

Brother Aelfric’s Manuscript Leaf Identification Tutorial

Identifying Text and Liturgy

Latin Bible

Book of Hours generic text and translation

CANTUS Liturgical database (office liturgy)

Global Chant Database (mass liturgy)

Orbis Latinus (Latin placenames)

Identifying the Use of a Book of Hours

Book of Hours research worksheet

Grotefend (identifying Saints)

Hours of the Virgin (Prime and None antiphon and chapter)

              Beyond Use (detailed database of Use)

Office of the Dead (Ottosen: responsories)

Watermarks (Piccard)

Watermarks (Briquet)

Manuscript Provenance

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Conway and Davis: “Directory of Collections in the United States and Canada with Pre-1600 Manuscript Holdings”

Otto Ege Field Guide

Printed sources:

Cappelli, Adriano. Dizionario De Abbreviature Latine Ed Italiane: Usate Nelle Carte E Codici Specialmente Del Medio-Evo Riprodotte Con Oltre 14000 Segni Incisi. Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, 1929.
Clemens, Raymond, and Timothy Graham. Introduction to Manuscript Studies. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.
De Hamel C. A History of Illuminated Manuscripts. London: Phaidon Press, 2014.
Faye, C U, W H. Bond, and Seymour . Ricci. Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1962.
Gwara, Scott. Otto Ege’s Manuscripts: A Study of Ege’s Manuscript Collections, Portfolios, and Retail Tade with a Comprehensive Handlist of Manuscripts Collected or Sold. Cayce: University of South Carolina, 2013.
Hughes, Andrew. Medieval Manuscripts for Mass and Office: A Guide to their Organization and Terminology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.
de Ricci, Seymour , William J. Wilson, C U. Faye, and W H. Bond. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1938.
Shailor, Barbara A. The Medieval Book: Illustrated from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; [catalogue of an Exhibition Held Aug. 15 – Oct. 31, 1988]. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2002.
Wieck, Roger S, Lawrence R. Poos, Virginia Reinburg, and John Plummer. Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. New York, [N.Y.: George Braziller, in association with the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1988.