Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Illuminated Middle Ages

The Illuminated Middle Ages - A collection of illuminated miniatures reproduced from medieval manuscripts housed in French municipal libraries. Grouped according to ten themes, the images are accompanied by commentary from ten of today's preeminent medieval scholars.

Thie site is available in French, English, and German with French being the default.

From the site:

The Illuminated Middle Ages database presents several hundred recently digitized illuminated texts from French national library collections. While the full collection, in even higher resolution, is available for purchase on DVD-ROM, this web site gives access to the entire database. Only a portion of the full collection has been translated into English for the web site, but visitors may also view the French-language galleries in the site, where a dozen texts from each of the ten themes are presented daily. To see every text in high resolution, you will have have to either visit the site daily or order the DVD. In the meantime, the search interface allows you to perform full-text searches across the complete database. You are sure to enjoy this collection of breathtaking texts dating from the year 500 through the 1400s.

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