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Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online comprises a digital archive of manuscript miscellanies – notebooks, diaries, commonplace books, collections of verse, prose and practical information, and so on – from the period c. 1450-1720. It also includes interactive research and teaching resources for late medieval and early modern manuscript studies.

It falls into three sections:

  • Manuscripts:  Browsable and searchable digital facsimiles of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books from c. 1450-1720, with accompanying descriptions, transcriptions and bibliographies.
  • English Handwriting:  An interactive teaching resource on the handwriting of the late medieval and early modern periods, for those new to the study of medieval and early modern palaeography, and also for more experienced users.
  • Resources:  A selection of interactive, descriptive and downloadable resources on manuscript studies, such as essays, bibliographies, databases and links to other resources. 
  • Provenance Image Database:  A database cataloging the ownership and provenance (such as signatures and bookplates) from a selection of manuscripts. You can sort the data by name, manuscript number, type of mark, and date. 


[Latin translation (c. 1436-38) of a tale from Boccaccio’s Decameron about Sigismunda and Guiscardo. Title heading on several folios, ‘de Tancredo’, in Hand A. Printed in Wright (ed.), Early English Versions (1937), pp. 102-28.]

Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online is a 3-year, AHRC-funded Resource Enhancement project, based in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge.

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