Manuscripts and Special Collections

Medieval Books

February 21st, 2011 at 11:02

Hot on the heels of Reading and Understanding Medieval Documents, a second new resource relating to the Middle Ages has just been made available in the ‘Research Guidance’ area of our website.

Medieval Books contains information about how these beautiful artefacts were created. In an age before mass-production, each book was hand-made by a team of specialist craftspeople, including parchment-makers, scribes, illuminators and binders.

Miniature in volume of French romances and fabliaux, early 13th century (WLC/LM/6)

Miniature in volume of French romances and fabliaux, early 13th century (WLC/LM/6)

Most of the examples in the resource come from the Wollaton Library Collection. The resource was created jointly by Manuscripts and Special Collections staff, as part of the Wollaton Library Collection project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by Dr Nicola Royan and Dr Joanna Martin of the School of English Studies at The University of Nottingham.

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