A first-hand encounter with MS. Don. e. 248
We’re delighted to be sharing a post from a sibling blog, History of the Book, written by participants in project advisor Henrike Lähnemann’s History of the Book method option at the University of Oxford.
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MS. Don. e. 248 held open at fols. 20v-21r.

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Cod. Guelf. 70 Weiss., fol. 1v, Evangelium nach Lukas mit Glossen
Handschriften aus dem Kloster Weißenburg/Wissembourg
Ausstellung der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (16. Febr. – 1. Juni 2020) Unter dem Titel „Leuchtendes Wort. Sprechendes Bild“ zeigt die Herzog August Bibliothek ab dem 16.
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MS. Laud Lat. 27, fol. 2r
What Have We Digitized So Far?
It’s been a little over a year since we began project photography in earnest here at the Bodleian, and a little under a year since the first items went online.
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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 4, fol. 174v.
Medingen Manuscript Production in the Age of Monastic Reform (1479) and Lutheran Reformation (1524-1544): How the project contributes to understanding the genesis of the Oxford prayerbook MS. Lat. liturg. f. 4
Dating medieval manuscripts is a cumbersome business. If manuscripts do not contain a completion date, a researcher has to rely on (more or less) datable manuscript characteristics.
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MS. Don. e. 248 held open at fols. 20v-21r.
A first-hand encounter with MS. Don. e. 248
We’re delighted to be sharing a post from a sibling blog, History of the Book, written by participants in project advisor Henrike Lähnemann’s History of the Book method option at the University of Oxford.
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Cod. Guelf. 35 Helmst., fol. 128r, initial T.
Spotlight on Cod. Guelf. 35 Helmst.
The Herzog August Bibliothek’s Cod. Guelf. 35 Helmst. was the very first manuscript to be digitized for this project back in March 2019.
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Single-colour initial A, MS. Laud Misc. 144, fol. 26v.
Minimalist decoration in Cistercian manuscripts
What did twelfth-century monks have in common with twentieth-century artists? Monochrome art offers one connection between Cistercian monks and artists such as Kasimir Malevich or Yves Klein.
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Two words, 'Hinc iam', formed with birds. MS. Laud Misc. 126, fol. 87v.
Spotlight on MS. Laud Misc. 126
What do St Augustine (d. 430), Charlemagne (d. 814) and two Anglo-Saxon monks, Burchard (d. 753) and Alcuin (d. 804), have in common?
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Marginal painting, J 29, fol. 119r.
Zwei Hildesheimer Handschriften aus dem Zisterzienserinnenkloster Medingen
Von den zahlreichen mittelalterlichen Frauenklöstern in Norddeutschland haben sich mit Ausnahme des Klosters Ebstorf nur wenige Handschriften erhalten. Es ist ein Glücksfall der Überlieferung, dass inzwischen über 40 Handschriften dem Zisterzienserinnenkloster Medingen nahe Lüneburg zuzurechnen sind.
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Initial A, MS. Laud Misc. 134, fol. 15v
Spotlight on MS. Laud Misc. 134
I will admit to a moment of panic last week when MS. Laud Misc. 134 showed up among the newly digitized manuscripts on this site.
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The tail of MS. Laud Misc. 96
Manuscript assessment at the Bodleian
The second step on a manuscript’s digitization journey is assessment. Selection naturally comes first - you can read about the Bodleian’s collections of manuscripts from German speaking lands here - but before photography can commence, volumes are assessed for suitability.
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