Manuscript Databases

The craziness has been greater than usual of late, so the last couple weeks have gone by without my managing to complete a single post…I was working on one, but there was a glitch in saving the draft, hence no post.  C’est la vie.  In lieu of anything interesting and original from my own brain, here are two links to interesting and hopefully useful manuscript databases that I either discovered…or rediscovered…in the last few days.  I think “discovered” is the right word…

First, the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania; and second, the Online Medieval Sources Bibliography, created and hosted by Fordham University.  That’s about it.  Explore!  Actually, no.  To be honest, I’m not entirely certain how the Schoenberg Database works, as it seems to be listings from booksellers’ and auctioneers’ catalogs.  A huge variety of search options, however, makes it comparatively easy to find, in my case, English manuscripts from Norfolk between 1300 and 1400.   The OMSB is exactly what it says, and is pretty easy to search as well; its entries are often extensively annotated which renders it a wonderful resource for, say getting a quick background to obscure chronicles in the Monumenta Germaniae Historica.  Just saying.

Oh! And before I forget, I discovered yesterday that the Internet Medieval Sourcebook from Fordham has been completely overhauled.  Way to go, folks.  The update link at the bottom of the page is dated 2006, but if that’s the case, the project has indeed been moving slowly.  It looks like a tremendous improvement.

That’s about all…back to all the deadlines that are creeping up…

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