"Manuscripts Online" brings medieval Britain to life

The University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute has created Manuscripts Online which "brings to life early printed primary sources of medieval Britain, giving online access to written materials from the year 1000 to 1500 and allowing users to contribute to the collective body of knowledge on the subject for the first time."

Users will be able to search the resources by keyword, but also by specific keyword types, such as person and place name, date and language.

Users can search an enormous body of online primary resources including:

  • Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060-1220 - A catalogue of all known manuscripts which contain English dated from c. 1060 to 1220
  • Middle English Grammar Project – the Middle English Grammar Corpus (MEG-C); Middle English texts transcribed from manuscript or facsimile reproduction
  • Late Medieval English Scribes – catalogue of all scribal hands in the manuscripts of the English writings of five major Middle English authors
  • Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership – electronic text editions of early printed books.
  • The Taxatio – detailed records of the assessment of English and Welsh ecclesiastical wealth undertaken in 1291-1292
  • The National Archives – Descriptive catalogues for all documents dating between 1000 and 1500 from collections such as the State Papers, records of the Admiralty, Chancery and Exchequer, the Court of the King’s Bench and Petitions and Seals
  • Online Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts – British Library’s descriptive catalogue of 2,000 illuminated manuscripts originating in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • TEAMS Middle English Texts – more than 400 annotated editions of key literary works for teaching and research