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*Beowulf, Images of>>
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* Aberdeen Bestiary Project: A pilot scheme for producing digitised images of manuscripts on the World Wide Web [NetSERF Select]
"The Aberdeen Bestiary (Aberdeen University Library MS 24) is considered to be one of the best examples of its type. The manuscript, written and illuminated in England around 1200, is of added interest since it contains notes, sketches and other evidence of the way it was designed and executed." Site also provides translations and transcriptions of each of the folio.

URL: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 13 March 2011
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* Auchinleck Manuscript, The [NetSERF Select]
"The Auchinleck Manuscript (NLS Adv MS 19.2.1) is one of the National Library of Scotland’s greatest treasures. Produced in London in the 1330s, it provides a unique insight into the English language and literature that Chaucer and his generation grew up with and were influenced by. It acquired its name from its first known owner, Lord Auchinleck, who discovered the manuscript in 1740 and donated it to the precursor of the National Library in 1744." The site contains a ton of great information. Not only can you view the entire manuscript, but you can also read a transcription, find out it's history and get more information.

URL: http://auchinleck.nls.uk/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 14 March 2011
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* Book of Deer
"The Book of Deer (Cambridge University Library, MS. Ii.6.32) is a Gospel Book written in a hand that was current in the period c. 850-1000. The Gospel text has generally been dated to the first half of the tenth century. Of the four Gospels only the text of St John is complete. Each Gospel is prefaced by a full-page illumination. The manuscript belongs to the category of 'Irish pocket Gospel Books', produced for private use rather than for church services." You can browse the book, but the high resolution images are only available from PCs located in the MSS Reading Room at the University of Cambridge (UK) library.

URL: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/book_of_deer/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 17 October 2013
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* Brut Chronicle by Anonymous
"The celebrated Chronicles of England, or "Brut Chronicle", is the earliest prose chronicle in English and was the most popular history of England in the Middle Ages. The Chronicle traces the history of Britain from its earliest (mythical) time (Albinia), including stories of legendary kings such as Brutus of Troy (hence its name), Lear and Arthur, and is quite detailed for the period starting with the reign of Edward I." This text, University of Michigan MS 225, is shown purely as images, without any transcription or translation. The quality of the images is quite high and useful for anyone interested in reading the original text.

URL: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx?c=brut&page=index         Link Verified by NetSERF: 13 March 2011
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* Cantigas de Santa Maria [Sound]
A nice introduction to the Cantigas with a number of images from the text and music files (vocal recordings) scattered throughout the site, which is in French without translation.
French /

URL: http://marcel.arnoux.free.fr/LES%20CANTIGAS%20DE%20SANTA%20MARIA.html         Link Verified by NetSERF: 24 September 2013
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* Cantigas de Santa Maria, The by Alfonso X
"The Cantigas de Santa Maria medieval-era manuscripts were written during the reign of Alfonso X "El Sabio" (1221-1284) and are one of the largest collections of monophonic (solo) songs from the middle ages." The site includes facsimilies (in black and white) of the different codices of the work. There is also a section of illuminations from the work (in black and white).

URL: http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 14 March 2011
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* Caxton's Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies: (Online Edition)
This web site presents the two Caxton versions of the Canterbury Tales. You can see an image of the text in one frame and then see the transcription of the text in another. Quick navigation links take you to any part of the 2 texts you wish to look at.
Note: uses frames          

URL: http://www.cts.dmu.ac.uk/Caxtons/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 14 March 2011
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* Charrette Project
"The Charrette project is a complex, scholarly, multi-media electronic archive containing a medieval manuscript tradition--that of Chrétien de Troyes's Le Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot, ca. 1180). "

URL: http://www.princeton.edu/~lancelot/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 26 September 2013
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* CIRCLE: A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters c. 1244 - 1509

URL: http://chancery.tcd.ie         Link Verified by NetSERF: 12 November 2013
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* "Digital Preservation, Restoration, and Dissemination of Medieval Manuscripts" by Kevin Kiernan

URL: http://www.uky.edu/~kiernan/eBeowulf/guide.htm         Link Verified by NetSERF: 13 March 2011
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* Ee.3.59: The Life of King Edward the Confessor
"Cambridge University Library MS. Ee.3.59 contains the only copy of an illustrated Anglo-Norman verse Life of St Edward the Confessor, written in England probably in the later 1230s or early 1240s, and preserved in this manuscript, executed c. 1250-60." You can browse through the manuscript and see zoomable images of the folios or get a quick summary of all the folio and pick the one you want to see.

URL: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/manuscripts/Ee.3.59/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 13 March 2011
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* Illuminations from the French Bible of Hainburg: (1300-1320)

URL: http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/zgothic/miniatur/1301-350/french_b/index.html         Link Verified by NetSERF: 13 March 2011
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* Lindisfarne Gospels
"The Lindisfarne Gospels is one of the most important inheritances from early Northumbria. Written and illuminated about 698 in honour of St Cuthbert, the famous Bishop of Lindisfarne, who died in 687, it is a masterpiece of book production and a historic and artistic document of the first rank." A few images and bibliographic references.

URL: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/lindisfarne.html         Link Verified by NetSERF: 10 March 2011
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* Macclesfield Psalter
"The Macclesfield Psalter is a work of art of exceptional beauty. Its 250 leaves are painted with exquisite finesse, page after page of precious pigments and gold. It is an outstanding example of medieval art from East Anglia, which boasted the most characteristically English school of painting and illumination during the fourteenth century." The site has a number of good scans from the Psalter that you can view in the Photo Gallery. Also, you can find out about the Fitzwilliam Museum's successful efforts to keep the Psalter in England.

URL: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/macclesfield/index.html         Link Verified by NetSERF: 13 March 2011
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* Maciejowski Bible
"The Maciejowski Bible illustrates the first part of the Old Testament, from Genesis to David. The pictures were probably made around AD 1250 by Parisian artists."
Dutch / English /

URL: http://www.keesn.nl/mac/index.html         Link Verified by NetSERF: 14 March 2011
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* Magna Carta
This site gives you the ability to view the entire manuscript by zooming and panning a very detailed image. You can also get a complete translation of the text.

URL: http://www.bl.uk/treasures/magnacarta/index.html         Link Verified by NetSERF: 14 March 2011
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* Murthly Hours, The
"The Murthly Hours is one of Scotland's great medieval treasures. Written and illuminated in Paris in the 1280s, it also contains full-page miniatures by English artists of the same period, and was one of the most richly decorated manuscripts in medieval Scotland. Medieval additions include probably the second oldest example of Gaelic written in Scotland." The site is full of beautiful images from the entire manuscript. Many of the images are accompanied by excellent descriptions.

URL: http://www.nls.uk/murthlyhours/index.html         Link Verified by NetSERF: 13 March 2011
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* Piers Plowman Electronic Archive

URL: http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/seenet/piers/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 11 March 2011
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* Roman de la Rose: Digital Library [NetSERF Select]
The Roman de la Rose Digital Library is "a joint project of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The creation of this resource and the digitization of manuscripts from the BnF was made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the Roman de la Rose poem. We will have digital surrogates of roughly 130 Roman de la Rose manuscripts available here by the end of 2009."

URL: http://romandelarose.org         Link Verified by NetSERF: 14 March 2011
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* The Gutenberg Bible [NetSERF Select]
"The Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable type, is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center's collections. It was printed at Johann Gutenberg's shop in Mainz, Germany and completed in 1454 or 1455. The Center's Bible was acquired in 1978 and is one of only five complete examples in the United States." This site provides great view of the Gutenberg Bible. There is a very extensive history of the Bible as well as other materials of interest. The presentation and images are of top quality. You can browse through the Bible viewing thumbnails or jump to specific areas of interest. Each page can be enlarged to view even more detail.

URL: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenberg/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 14 March 2011
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* The St Albans Psalter [NetSERF Select]
"This web site aims to display the St Albans psalter in such a way that readers may enjoy its beauty and contents. Commentaries on each page explain simply aspects of the iconography and codicology. These, together with the transcriptions and translations, provide a basic understanding of the book." This is a superb example of how the Internet can be used to make medieval documents available. Every page of the psalter is available with a transcription, translation and commentary, making it a great teaching tool for paleography. Another great feature is that Instead of loading the image of the page as one big graphic, the image is broken up into small ones making the pages download much more quickly. Finally, the site has a search engine that allows you to search the document in Latin, English or German.
English / German / Latin /

URL: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/stalbanspsalter/         Link Verified by NetSERF: 12 March 2011
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