'Roman de la Rose' Digital Library

The ‘Roman de la Rose’ Digital Library focuses on the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose. This poem, begun by Guillaume de Lorris around 1230 and continued by Jean de Meun approximately forty years later, is perhaps the most influential work written in Old French vernacular. About 320 manuscripts and manuscript fragments of the poem survive, ranging from the 13th to the 16th century. The goal of this project is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing this poem. In November 2014, more than 130 manuscripts and books were available, and this number is increasing. They date from the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 18th centuries.

Works can be browsed in various ways: by repository, common name, current location, date, origin, type, illustrations, folios, or transcription. Basic and advanced search are also available.

Extensive information is provided for each work. In some cases a transcription is available. Each page is shown separately. By using the Popup button, more than one image can be viewed simultaneously. Images are shown in high definition, and zoom options are available.

‘Roman de la Rose’ Digital Library is a joint project of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. It was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:30am
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