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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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
“Craft(wo)manship” in Lamspringe
This summer our photo department began digitising manuscripts from one of the six main monastic houses which had made their way into the collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel: the books from the high medieval Benedictine abbey of Lamspringe near 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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Bodleian Library MS. Laud Lat. 102, fol. 12r
Insular script in a ninth-century German monastery
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Laud Lat. 102, a Gospel book written in the early 800s, is one of the oldest manuscripts to be included in the Polonsky German project.
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Bodleian Library MS. Laud Lat. 92, fols. 20v
What's for dinner: giraffe or lynx?
Analysing glosses is like a treasure hunt, particularly when exploring vernacular languages. Glosses are words translating or explaining a main text, typically written in between lines or in the margins.
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Bodleian Library MS. Laud Lat. 117, fol. 17r
The importance of being (im)perfect
Close your eyes for a moment and picture a manuscript. Depending on your origin and background, this image will look quite different.
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Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 562, fol. 1r
Blogging with medieval manuscripts
This article was first published on the Oxford Medieval Studies blog under the title Reaching out with Manuscripts What do you get when you put together an excited group of medieval manuscript specialists and ask them to discuss blogging and teaching with digitized manuscripts?
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