Digitizing 300 manuscripts at the Bodleian
Inside the wooden upper-board of one of the Bodleian Library’s 12th century manuscript hides what is perhaps a guilty secret. A mysterious pattern of lines, etched in to its surface.
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodleian Library MS. Bodl. 352

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Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 135, fol, 1v
Copying De civitate Dei
At a first glance, I must admit, MS. Laud Misc. 120 and 135 do not stand out as the most intriguing medieval manuscripts.
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Dombibliothek Hildesheim, J 29, fol. 4r
Hello Mr Easterday! Celebrating Easter in the Medingen prayer books
This yellow bunny might resemble the gold foil chocolate Easter treats that pop up in supermarkets way too early before Easter – but this little fellow was drawn in a prayer book more than five hundred years ago, when nuns from the Cistercian convent Medingen near Lüneburg in Northern Germany were eagerly awaiting Easter day.
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodleian Library MS. Lat. liturg. 18, fol. 31v
Savouring the Exultet at Medingen Abbey
One of the most sensual rites of the Christian year is the Exultet at the Easter Vigil. The deacon or priest sings a melody that at first seems familiar, being based on the Preface tone heard often at Mass, but which keeps taking unexpected and exuberant turns that match the uninhibited excitement of its text.
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 281
A Date in Paris
‘Hello there – how old are you?’ This must be one of the most common questions in any reader’s mind when they are picking up a medieval manuscript.
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodleian Library MS. Bodl. 352
Digitizing 300 manuscripts at the Bodleian
Inside the wooden upper-board of one of the Bodleian Library’s 12th century manuscript hides what is perhaps a guilty secret. A mysterious pattern of lines, etched in to its surface.
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Wolfenbüttel, HAB, Cod. Guelf. 1030 Helmst., fol. 1v
Die Lamspringer „Handwerke“
Seit Kurzem liegen nun auch diejenigen Handschriften für die Digitalisierung im Rahmen des Polonsky-Digitalisierungsprojekts „Handschriften aus dem deutschen Sprachraum / Manuscripts from German-Speaking Lands" bereit, die aus einer der sechs klösterlichen Hauptprovenienzen in die Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel gelangten: die Bücher aus dem hochmittelalterlichen Benediktinerinnenkloster Lamspringe bei Hildesheim.
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Laud. Misc. 284, fol. 1r
Approaching a digital choir book
Here is a book. It is large and old. Should I open it? Choir Breviary: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS.
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Laud Gr. 35, fol. 1r
The travels of the Laudian Acts
-- The ‘Laudian Acts’, MS. Laud Gr. 35, is one of the Bodleian Library’s oldest books. It’s one of those that have travelled the furthest.
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Herzog August Bibliothek, Cod. Guelf. 630b Helmst., fol. 247r
Towering wisdom, messy manuscripts, and a confused scribe
We often think of medieval codices as elaborate and flawless works of art. Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Cod. Guelf. 630b Helmst.
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Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 106, fol. 123r
A conservation perspective on imperfect parchment
Natascha Domeisen’s ‘The importance of being (im)perfect’ brings up a key aspect of understanding parchment. This is a subject that has increasingly interested me, as a conservator, in recent years.
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