Manuscripts Online

Manuscripts Online enables you to search a diverse body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the period 1000 to 1500. The resources include literary manuscripts, historical documents and early printed books which are located in different libraries, archives, universities and publishers websites. Depending on the website where the material is located, the format of the material may change from digitized images, full-text transcriptions, summaries, calendars and description of manuscripts.

Current resources of Manuscripts Online are as follows:

  • The Auchinleck Manuscript
  • British History Online
  • British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
  • British Literary Manuscripts Online, Medieval and Renaissance
  • Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York, 1300-1858
  • Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership
  • Europa Inventa
  • Geographies of Orthodoxy: Mapping Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ, 1350-1550
  • Imagining History: Perspectives on late medieval vernacular historiography
  • Late Medieval English Scribes
  • Linguistic Geographies: The Gough Map of Great Britain
  • Manuscripts of the West Midlands
  • Middle English Dictionary
  • The Middle English Grammar Corpus (MEG-C)
  • Middle English Texts Series
  • The Norman Blake Editions of the Canterbury Tales
  • Parker on the Web
  • Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060-1220
  • The Taxatio
  • The Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse
  • The National Archives

Manuscripts Online also contains a description of each of these different websites.

It is possible to search Manuscripts Online by keyword, place, person, reference, and date (either cited date or source date). There is the option to also search for variant spellings. In addition, it is possible to restrict searches to specific resources, categories, formats, and languages. Some sources are freely available online, while for others a subscription is needed. In the latter case, Manuscripts Online allows users to search these resources and to examine snippet results, but not to access the material in full digitized size. It is possible to limit searches to only freely available sources.

The project is a sister-site to Connected Histories, which provides integrated access to online historical resources for the period 1500 to 1900.

Manuscripts Online was created by a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Leicester, Birmingham, York, Glasgow and Queen's University Belfast.