A 15th-Century French Missal

The digitisation project at the Wren Library, Trinity College has given access to scholars from around the world to its fabulous collection of over 1000 medieval manuscripts. François Avril of Bibliothèque nationale de France is one such scholar and he has used the online facility to write a detailed appraisal of the significance of the …

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Manuscript Owners and a Newly-Identified Manuscript from the Austin Friars, London

Some medieval manuscripts will have had several owners and often information about these people can be found within the manuscripts themselves. This is often a simple statement of ownership such as that found at the bottom of folio 1 of manuscript B.15.1 which tells us that at one time it belonged to the Benedictine Cathedral …

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Warden Abbey Manuscripts

Trinity College Library has the largest collection of manuscripts in the country from the Cistercian Abbey of Warden in Bedfordshire. These 14 volumes have recently been digitised and are freely available online via the James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts. They can be viewed by selecting Warden Abbey from the drop-down list of religious houses as …

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700 Manuscripts Online

The 700th manuscript added to the online James Catalogue is B.4.19. We are pleased to have reached this milestone in the same year that Trinity College is celebrating 700 years since the establishment of the King's Scholars in Cambridge. In 1317 King Edward II sent 12 boys from the royal household, with a master, to study …

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Recent Additions to the Wren Digital Library (6)

R.7.31, Commonplace Book of Edward VI This book is in the hand of King Edward VI, son of King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. Edward succeeded his father in 1547 and this book was written soon after. It is a collection of scriptural passages against idolatry which were copied into French for …

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Recent Additions to the Wren Digital Library (3)

Recent additions to the Wren Digital Library include a volume from the Benedictine Cathedral Priory in Canterbury (Christ Church), a 15th century volume of sermons on the Gospels, a book of alchemy once owned by Dr Dee, several Greek texts and a beautifully ornamented theological text. B.3.32, Augustini et Aliorum Sermones This manuscript is written in …

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Trinity Lends Medieval Manuscripts

As part of its 200th birthday celebrations, the Fitzwilliam is staging one of the largest exhibitions of medieval illuminated manuscripts for several years. Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscipts combines a fantastic display of medieval artworks with the findings of a major scientific research project, http://www.miniare.org. The research project uses non-invasive techniques to …

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