Medieval Web Sites



Manuskriptischer Eintopf a la Rumolt

As you can guess, this site is in German.

Union Manuscript Computer Catalogue

With the help of technological advances unavailable to those compiling the previous bibliographies, this automated census will at once provide a corrected, updated, machine-readable census of manuscripts in American and Canadian libraries, as well as a flexible and expandable computer database which will permit librarians, curators and scholars of the future to record changes and additions to the census quickly and easily.

The Age of King Charles V (1338-1380)

This site has a 1,000 illuminations from the Department of Manuscripts.

Hill Monastic Library

More than a repository of manuscripts, the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library is one of the best research libraries in medieval studies in the country. Scholars from all over the world visit the Library, for short or extended periods, while others contact the Library by mail to request copies of microfilmed holdings. Efforts are underway to increase accessibility to the HMML collection through CD-ROM and other electronic means.

The British Library - Manuscripts

Welcome to the British Library Manuscript Collections, which form the national repository of manuscripts and private papers and archives, mostly in Western European languages. They contain material of outstanding research importance for all periods, countries and disciplines. The focal point of the collections is the Manuscript Reading Room, which opened at its new location in the British Library St Pancras building on 6 January 1999. (To view the procedures for studying these manuscripts, please click here or check out the British Library page.)


A site that is devoted to collecting, storing and distributing digital images of Medieval manuscripts (D is for Digital)

Visuals Moyen-Age

A collection of images on different aspects of medieval life.

Illuminated Manuscripts

A nice collection of links to some of the more well-known manuscripts, such as The Book of Kells.

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The following list is an annotated, and slightly abreviated, version of the paleography links provided by Tennessee Bob.


A nice place to start. It has several interesting parts, among which are a study of manuscript postcards (and how they will never capture the feel of the original), a brief guide to illumination, and in the outils/tools section some neat tools for converting the Calendrier républicain (the calendar created during the French Revolution) to the calendrier Grégorien, another one for calculating the day on which we celebrate Easter (Calcul du jour de Pâques) and a Glossaire des abréviations médiévales. Some sections are restricted access, but this site is worth checking out for the tools alone.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library

This site consists of 100 images, each provided in 3 resolutions: a thumbnail (8 bit GIF file), a medium size image (24 bit JPEG file, up to 768 X 512 pixels), and a large image (24 bit JPEG file, up to 1536 X 1024 pixels). The images are sorted by: Call Number; Author, then Call Number; Country, then Author and Date, then Country.

Repository of Primary Sources

This site is a listing of over 3200 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. Sites are dived into Western United States and Canada; Eastern United States and Canada:States and Provinces A-M; Eastern United States and Canada: States and Provinces N-Z; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe; Asiz and the Pacific; Africa and the Near East; with a link to Additional Lists.

SCRIPTA: La scrittura nel tempo - The history of handwriting

This English/Italian site is an experimental project that aims at an easier approach to the study of Palaeography, the matter that covers the various aspects of the history of handwriting. Through the visual analysis of old manuscripts, the student will be introduced to the five most representative types of writing used in Europe during the period from the 2nd century BC to the 15th century AD. The site also provides a free download of software to help in your endeavers (on a cursary note the software seems to be in Italian, though you might have the option of using English. I couldn't verify it (yet).).

An Introduction to Palaeography for Scribes

This site, (by Nicolaa de Bracton of Leiscester) contains a short article on Paleogrpahy and gives some pointers on how to make your own calligraphic work look more medieval. Contains a short, introductrory bibliography.


This says it will be a repositroy for interesting WWW Sites with some contributions by the creator (J.J. O'Donnell) emphasizing Latin late antiquity writing. It is, unfortunately, rather weak, with many of its links not working and too narrow in scope to be of much help.


Is a project to construct a bio-bibliographical database of early texts produced in the Iberian Peninsula and to provide access to this information through an online service on the WorldWideWeb / W3.

Research Links: Paleography

A collection of links on paleography and codicology.

Visualisation de pages de manuscrits

This is a very small collection of some manuscript illuminations.

Manuscripts and Transmission of Texts in Traditio(Index of Articles)

Early English Scribal Culture

A very specific page that gives some insight into the scribal process.

History of Lettering

A simple introduction to lettering, with a very short bibliography.

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Knights & Chivalry




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Dragons & Gargoyles

Dragošs Domain

Dragon Bibliography - What medievalist hasn't come across stories of dragons? If you're interested in Dragons, especially those found in literature, check this site out. Created by Dr. Lionarons, it is probably the best Dragon bibliography available on-line.

Book of the Gargoyle

Dragon Links

Gargoyles and Cathedrales

Gargoyles and Grotesques

Gargoyles Then and Now

Gothic Arts World of Gargoyles

Here Be Dragons

History of Gargoyles

Kentšs Gargoyle Page

Medieval Culture Gargoyles

The Noble Dragons

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Dante - An excellent site devoted to the man who gave us The Divine Comedy, maintained by Ottfried Lieberknecht. (Click on the main menu button to navigate the site.)

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Chaucer - Although I specialize in Medieval French, a good knowledge of Chaucer's works is quite valuable, and interesting. Here is one of the better sites devoted to him.

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La connaisance du blason est la clé de l'Histoire de la France." -Gerard de Nerval

Arthurian Blasons. These are a collection of Arthurian coats of arms icons that were created by myself and Andrew Hunter (his are
the better looking ones, with a kind of 3-D shading). Feel free to use them as you wish.

Blason Divisions. This is a collection of basic shield divisions I created while trying to learn an icon program.

English Heraldry

Hall of Names

Heraldica - A site devoted to heraldry (the study of coats of arms) in all forms and in all places .

Heraldry Links

Heraldry on the Internet

Heraldry Webring (87 sites)

International Civic Arms

Ouellette Coat of Arms. This is a description of my family's coat of arms, going back to the 1500s.

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Bollandistes: Saints and History

Early Church Documents

Military Martyrs

Medieval Sourcebook: Saints' Lives

Survey of Translations of Saints' Lives

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Medieval French Literature


Société François Villon

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The Labyrinth - The starting point for anyone interested in Medieval Studies.

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Gregorian Chant - With the recent success of the CD Chant, there has been a surge of interest in Gregorian Chants across the United States. This site is a boon for researchers into this field of music.

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Medieval Philosophy and Theology - The site supporting the journal of the same name; it is devoted to the publication of original articles in all areas of medieval philosophy, including logic and natural science, and in medieval theology, including Christian, Jewish, and Islamic.

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Joan d'Arc

The International Joan of Arc Society - With the recent tv mini-series and another film soon to hit the theaters, Joan of Arc is a hot topic. Check this site out to find out more about one of France's great saints.

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Discussion Groups

Medieval Academic Discussion Groups - No matter what your interest in medieval studies, you can find a discussion group for it at this site.

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