of Medieval France with Vernacular Texts", is a collection of over 1200
links to manuscript facsimiles, and with these, nearly all of the
medieval literary canon. This in admittedly small in comparison
with the total number of medieval
manuscripts available on line. The project's truly medieval texts
will show that France was linguisticly diverse enough to call into
question some of the myths we have entertained about early French
expression. Patrons will have an honest view of the literary
anthology and illustration contexts of a number of the best known
medieval vernacular works. In pages produced by the hosting Andy Holt
Virtual Library, links to manuscript facsimiles are contextually
clustered (by author, genre, theme, etc.) with others leading to
incunabula facsimiles, online bibliographies, editions, transcriptions,
translations and other tools relevant to serious textual study.
Three excellent annotated image databases maintained by the
French Government allow us to examine illustrations in fully and
partially digitized French medieval manuscripts:
ENLUMINURES, base de données d'enluminures et éléments de décor du CNRS
Liber Floridus - enluminures des manuscrits médiévaux ... bibliothèques de l'enseignement supérieur
Mandragore, base des manuscrits enluminés de la BnF
Though photographic quality varies, the collection should facilitate a limited amount of paleographic and codicological study through the resource links of "Web for Medieval Source-based Textual Scholarship".
While the manuscript facsimiles are housed in a number of excellent libraries on several continents, we are particularly thankful for the abundant collection of Gallica (BNF digital collection), for the majority of our links, and for the cooperation and good will of their staff. There are online catalogs available for manuscript collections in France
Please understand that this is a work in progress, whose aim is to change the way we can study medieval France.