Bodleian Library, Oxford University

Special Collections at the Bodleian

This is the homepage for Special Collections (this designation includes manuscripts). Links include access to digitized versions of the Quarto and Summary Catalogues, the two main catalogues of the medieval manuscript collections.

Online Collections Catalogues

Many of the collections detailed here are well known. The information includes details about the collections in general as well as individual manuscripts.

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Scribes and Paleography

Late Medieval English Scribes

This catalogue covers all the known hands in the manuscripts of major English authors of the late medieval period, including Gower, Chaucer, and Langland.

Introduction to Medieval Paleography (University of Leicester)

This site includes information for both medieval and early modern paleography. It also includes helpful bibliographical references.

Paleography basics from Stanford

A brief introduction to the discipline of paleography. This site is most useful for it’s list of basic resources, and includes some links.

Institute of Historical Research- London

This is an online tutorial for the basics of paleography. The paleography section is free, while others, including codicology, require a fee.

The National Archives tutorial

Another free tutorial in how to read manuscripts. This series requires some knowledge of medieval Latin.

Interactive Album Exercises

Another series of self-tutorials. Some of the text on this site is exclusively in French.

Medieval Studies University of British Columbia

In addition to links to paleographical resources, this site also includes links to other relevant topics.

 

 

Manuscripts

Manuscripts Online

This site has a range of manuscript resources, information, and links that covers British manuscripts from roughly 1000-1500.

Manuscripts of the West Midlands

This catalogue of vernacular manuscript books of the English West Midlands, c. 1300-1475, includes images and information about individual manuscripts including contents and provenance.

A Digital Index of Middle English Verse

This is the single most useful too for a student of medieval poetry. It includes indices organized by poem, by manuscript, by location, and more.

British Library

British Library Homepage

The home page for the British Library is the gateway to all kinds of information about manuscripts, books, and scholarship.

The Manuscript Catalogue

The place to start exploring the manuscript collections.

Digitized Manuscripts

The place to explore digitized versions of manuscripts held at the British Library.

Blogs

A list of all the blogs for the British Library.

Medieval Manuscripts Blog

My personal favorite.