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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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Schlaufenlose Bastarda aus Cod. Guelf. 547 Helmst., 1r
Ein Streifzug durch die Schriftgeschichte anhand der digitalisierten Handschriften der HAB
Laut der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek streben erfolgreiche Digitalisierungsprojekte folgende Ziele an: „Einerseits dient die Digitalisierung dem Schutz und Erhalt der originalen Text-, Bild- und Tondokumente des kulturellen Gedächtnisses Deutschlands.
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An 18th-century engraving of the Bibliotheksrotunde
Round reading rooms: the architectural history of the Herzog August Bibliothek and the Radcliffe Camera
The Herzog August Bibliothek at Wolfenbüttel, in the modern state of Lower Saxony, can trace its origins back to 1572, when a library was established by Julius, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg (1528-89).
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The newly catalogued prologue to Ecclesiasticus in MS. Laud Lat. 97
A rare text in an 'Eberbach' manuscript
Digitization projects are not just about sharing with the world what we already know and love about our collections. Creating and updating metadata - catalogue descriptions and image metadata - gives us a chance to look again at our manuscripts and - sometimes - make new discoveries.
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Assessing and conserving damaged bindings
Working with damaged bindings in the Laud collection
“Manuscript in two halves”, reads the assessment note for MS. Laud Lat. 98, and it’s not exaggerating. Our image of the manuscript’s spine shows a clean split; even the sewing supports have snapped.
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How the Bodleian captures boards and spines
Photographing bindings at the Bodleian
For the first time in a large-scale digitization project at the Bodleian, we will be photographing the bindings of our manuscripts in their entirety; providing images of the spine, fore-edge, and upper and lower edges in addition to the upper and lower boards.
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