1st Edition

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age

    250 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age explores one major manuscript repository’s digital presence and poses timely questions about studying books from a temporal and spatial distance via the online environment.

    Through contributions from a large group of distinguished international scholars, the volume assesses the impact of being able to access and interpret these early manuscripts in new ways. The focus on Parker on the Web, a world-class digital repository of diverse medieval manuscripts, comes as that site made its contents Open Access. Exploring the uses of digital representations of medieval texts and their contexts, contributors consider manuscripts from multiple perspectives including production, materiality, and reception. In addition, the volume explicates new interdisciplinary frameworks of analysis for the study of the relationship between texts and their physical contexts, while centring on an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges effected by the digital representation of a tangible object. Approaches extend from the codicological, palaeographical, linguistic, and cultural to considerations of reader reception, image production, and the implications of new technologies for future discoveries.

    Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age advances the debate in manuscript studies about the role of digital and computational sources and tools. As such, the book will appeal to scholars and students working in the disciplines of Digital Humanities, Medieval Studies, Literary Studies, Library and Information Science, and Book History.


    1. Introduction

    Benjamin Albritton and Elaine Treharne

    Part I. Theory and Practice

    2. What it is to be a Digitization Specialist: Chasing Medieval Materials in a Sea of Pixels

    Astrid J. Smith

    3. From the Divine to the Digital: Digitization as Resurrection and reconstruction

    Keri Thomas

    4. A Note on Technology and Functionality in Digital Manuscript Studies

    Abigail G. Robertson

    5. Ways of Seeing Manuscripts: Exploring Parker 2.0

    Andrew Prescott

    Part II. Materialities

    6. A Note on Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 210

    Orietta Da Rold

    7. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 367 Part II: A Study in (Digital) Codicology

    Peter A. Stokes

    8. Pocket Change: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 383 and the Value of the Virtual Object

    Anya Adair

    9. Rolling with It: Navigating Absence in the Digital Realm

    Siân Echard

    Part III. Translation and Transmission

    10. ‘Glocal’ Matters: The Gospels of St Augustine as a Codex in Translation

    Mateusz Fafinski

    11. Encyclopaedic Notes in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 320

    John J. Gallagher

    12. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 322: Tradition and Transmission

    David F. Johnson

    13. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 41 and 286: Digitization as Translation

    Sharon M. Rowley

    Part IV. Of Multimedia and the Multilingual

    14. Fragmentation and Wholeness in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 16

    A. Joseph McMullen

    15. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 144 and 402: Mercian Intellectual Culture in pre-Conquest England (and beyond)

    Lindy Brady

    16. Philologia and Philology: Allegory, Multilingualism and the Corpus Martianus Capella

    Elizabeth Boyle

    17. Remediation and Multilingualism in Corpus Christi College, 402

    Carla María Thomas

    Part V. Forms of Reading

    18. Living with Books in Early Medieval England: Solomon and Saturn, Bibliophilia, and the Globalist Red Book of Darley

    Erica Weaver

    19. Severed Heads and Sutured Skins

    Catherine E. Karkov

    20. Books Consumed, Books Multiplied: Martianus Capella, Ælfric’s Homilies, and the International Image Interoperability Framework

    Alexandra Bolintineanu

    21. Making a Home for Manuscripts on the Internet

    Michelle R. Warren



    Benjamin Albritton is the Rare Books Curator at Stanford Libraries. He is a medievalist and musicologist and spent nearly a decade managing digital projects including Parker on the Web, collaborations with the Vatican Library and others, and playing a key role in the inception and development of the International Image Interoperability Framework.

    Georgia Henley is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Anselm College and a Junior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. Previously she held a postdoctoral appointment at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis.

    Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, and Director of Stanford Text Technologies. She is a medievalist and handmade book expert, currently completing The Phenomenal Book. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of the Royal Historical Society, and of the English Association.