Project Status: Ongoing
An searchable image database of selections from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.
Manuscript images may be browsed by location or language, with separate sections for the collections of Greek Manuscripts and Petrarch Manuscripts. The search function also allows subject, date, and geographical searches, as well as a direct shelfmark search. Digital Scriptorium is maintained by the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library. The technology platform is WebGenDB.
Modern Language: English
Medieval content details:
Dates: 500 - 1899
Later 18th-19th-century copies of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts sometimes included.
Subject: Church Fathers, Classics, Humanism, Clergy, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, History, Law, Manuscript Studies, Mariology, Mendicants, Monasticism, Monks, Music, Muslims, Islam, Nobility, Gentry, Papacy, Philosophy, Theology, Piety, Priests, Bishops, Canons, Reform, Religious Law, Royalty, Monarchs, Sacramental, Saints, Science, Mathematics, Scriptural Exegesis, Theology, Women, Women Religious
Type/Genre of Medieval Primary Source Material: Allegorical, Art and Artifacts, Chronicles, Annals, Comedy, Satire, Commentary, Gloss, Exegesis, Devotional, Dictionary, Glossary, Grammar, Didactic, Doctrinal, Drama, Epic, Saga, Folklore, Legends, Hagiography, Letters, Petitions, Literature, Liturgy, Manuscripts, Prose, Religious Texts, Romance, Scripture, Sermons, Orations, Textual Evidence, Verse
Many different types of documents (none or few reproduced in their entirety), but especially scriptural and liturgical works.
Geopolitical Region: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, British Isles and Ireland, Byzantium, Croatia, Denmark, England, Europe, Flanders, France, Germany, Greece, Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Iberian Peninsula, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Low Countries, Middle East, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scandinavia, Sicily, Spain, Wales
Original Language: Anglo-Norman, Arabic (Middle), Catalan, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Latin, Middle English, Norse, Old English, Old French (12-13C), Portuguese, Spanish, Welsh
Medieval Creators: Francis of Assisi, Lombard, Peter, Wyclif, John, Petrarch, Langland, William, John of Salisbury, Hildegard of Bingen, Hoccleve, Thomas, Jerome, Gower, John, Dante Alighieri, Boccaccio, Giovanni, Bonaventure, Chaucer, Geoffrey, Chrysostom, John, Christine de Pizan, Aquinas, Thomas, Augustine of Hippo
This is just a selection of the authors represented in the Digital Scriptorium.