Medieval Manuscripts

Medieval Manuscripts

General Introduction

The British Library YouTube Playlist: Medieval English-French Manuscripts

Parchment, Structure

Quills, pigments and Ink

Illuminating and Ornamental Design

Fascinating articles

Music to listen to while looking at manuscripts

Playlist: Medieval Music 
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This Book of Hours was produced in either Saint-Omer or Thérouanne between approximately 1318-1325, and is distinctive for its unusual marginal decoration. 1318-1325

The Pabenham-Clifford Hours

England, c. 1315-1320

Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 3, f. 01r

Latin Bible, designed as a pandect (i.e. in one volume), following the recension of Alcuin of York. Several copies of these Alcuin Bibles, manufactured in the scriptorium of St. Martin of Tours, have survived; with their finely graded hierarchy of scripts and harmonious proportions, they are considered monuments of Carolingian book production. Period: 9th century

The Crusader Bible

The spectacular Crusader Bible is one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts in the world, renowned as much for its unrivalled and boldly colored illustrations as it is for its fascinating history. The work brings Old Testament stories alive in bright images replete with castles, towns, and battling knights in armor, all set in thirteenth-century France.