Category Archives: resource

Stuart Successions Database – Now Online

The Stuart Successions database providing a searchable catalogue of the writing printed in response to moments of royal and protectoral succession over the long 17th century, is now available to browse at:

The database is the outcome of the AHRC-funded Stuart Successions project undertaken in collaboration by the universities of Exeter and Oxford. Containing records for over 3000 examples of succession literature across several genres, including panegyric and elegy, sermon and pamphlet, address and proclamation, the database will help students of both literature and history to uncover new ways of understanding the relationship between literature, print, and politics during one of most tumultuous centuries in British history.

vHMML: virtual Hill Museum and Manuscript Library – Now Online

The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library has launched vHMML (virtual Hill Museum & Manuscript Library), and it is an excellent new resource for the study of manuscripts in their collection, which will now be available to peruse online.

In addition, vHMML has many other resources: instruction in Latin and Syriac scripts in School (, Latin and Syriac annotated images in Folio (, answers to terminological questions in Lexicon (, and bibliography in Reference ( (exportable to Zotero, and with links to digital versions in

DMMapp (Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App)

The DMMapp (Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App) links to more than 300 libraries in the world. Each one of these contains medieval manuscripts that can be browsed for free. The DMMapp is developed by the Sexy Codicology Team; it is part of the Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Maps (DMMmaps) project.

For more info, and to use the app. please visit,

Free Online Courses on the History of the Book

A free online series of courses that may be of interest to ANZAMEMS members. Thanks to Julie Hotchin for sending me the link to the free online courses:

The courses are on The Book: Histories Across Time and Space, and are offered by Harvard University through edX. In particular courses on The Medieval Book of Hours: Art and Devotion in the Middle Ages, and Books in the Medieval Liturgy, both offered by Jeffrey Hamburger, sound of particular relevance to many medievalists in our community. The courses are self-paced and commence on 1 September.

For full details on the courses mentioned above (as well as a few other relevant courses on offer that also commence on Sept. 1), please visit the links below:

Books in the Medieval Liturgy:

The Medieval Book of Hours: Art and Devotion in the Later Middle Ages:

Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript:

The History of the Book in 17th and 18th Century Europe:

Monasteries, Schools, and Notaries, Part 1: Reading the Late Medieval Marseille Archive:

Monasteries, Schools, and Notaries, Part 2: Introduction to the Transitional Gothic Script:

Print and Manuscript in Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East (1450-1650):

Scrolls in the Age of the Book:

The Gothic Ivories Project – Now Online

The Gothic Ivories Project was launched in October 2008 at the Courtauld Institute of Art. It consists of an online database of ivory sculptures made in Western Europe ca. 1200-ca. 1530, as well as neo-Gothic pieces.

This online resource allows wide-ranging searches on iconography, provenance, origin, post-medieval repairs and replacements, modern forgeries, and many other aspects. It is possible to view in one place images and detailed information on over 5,000 items scattered in over 400 collections around the world. The focus of the Project is on objects made in Europe dating from c. 1200-c. 1530 (excluding Embriachi work), and modern imitations. Please note that the mission of the Gothic Ivories Project is to compile published information and scholarly opinion on the objects, not to emit a judgement on them.

Over 400 institutions in 27 different countries are now on board. Among them are some key collections such as The State Hermitage Museum in Saint-Petersburg, the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden, the Museo e Tesoro del Duomo di Monza, but also many small and little known collections, such as that of Oscott College, near Birmingham, or of the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona.

Nearly all these collections are available online: the website now contains 5113 entries, illustrated with 14233 images.

This resource is fully accessible online to researchers, students, and the wider community, thus providing an invaluable tool for the study of these objects.

The Gothic Ivories Project website:

England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 – Now Online

A major new research database revealing extraordinary data on immigration in England in the late medieval period is now available, thanks to the University of York, in partnership with the Humanities Research Institute (University of Sheffield) and The National Archives.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded the three-year project directed by Professor Mark Ormrod, of the University’s Centre for Medieval Studies, who headed a team of researchers based in York and London.

It reveals evidence about the names, origins, occupations and households of a significant number of foreigners who chose to live and work in England in the era of the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses. The project contributes to debates about the longer-term history of immigration to Britain, helping to provide a deep historical and cultural context to contemporary debates over ethnicity, multiculturalism and national identity.

The database contains the names of a total of 65,000 immigrants resident in England between 1330 and 1550.

The database is accessible to all at and is a fully searchable and interactive resource, from which data can be downloaded. The website also supports the researcher with guides to the various counties and documents, and provides case studies of interesting individuals demonstrating just how much we can learn from our immigrant ancestors.

For more on the launch of this database, please visit:

Digital Dante – Relaunched

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ (CUL/IS) Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS), in collaboration with the Department of Italian and CUL/IS’ Humanities and History Division, are pleased to announce the launch of the new Digital Dante website at, a publicly accessible digital research resource on Dante’s works with a special focus on the Divine Comedy and its translations.

Digital Dante was conceived of by Dr. Jennifer Hogan when, as a Columbia graduate student in the early 1990s under the advisement of Dr. Robbie McClintock, she collaborated on the original website with Dr. Teodolinda Barolini and others from the Department of Italian and the Institute for Learning Technologies, as well as with the poet and translator, Allen Mandelbaum. The website proved invaluable to the Dante community, relied on as a rich research resource by researchers and students all over the world.

Over twenty years later, this new iteration of the website was made possible by CDRS, the Department of Italian as guided by Digital Dante Editor-in-Chief Dr. Barolini, Dr. Hogan, CUL/IS’ Humanities and History Division, and numerous PhD students in Dante studies. The relaunched and greatly enhanced website seeks to provide a venue for collaboration with scholars at other institutions and for new research and perspectives from the next generation of Dante scholars. Along with a beautiful new design showcasing images from Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the website features a number of new digital projects, including the Intertextual Dante, a new tool for exploring intertextual relationships between Ovid’s works and the Divine Comedy developed by Professor Julie Van Peteghem, and recorded audio performances of sestina readings by students, performing the poems in the unique style explored throughout Professor Barolini’s courses. The new Digital Dante retains and expands upon many of the essential features of the original site: translations of Dante’s works with easily navigable primary and comparison texts, lecture audio and annotations, and criticism and context.

Read the Complete Introductory Announcement

To access Digital Dante, please visit:

Understanding Shakespeare

Understanding Shakespeare is a collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library . It’s a research tool that allows students, educators and scholars to use the text of Shakespeare’s plays to quickly navigate into the scholarship written about them—line by line. Users simply click next to any line of text in a play and relevant articles from the JSTOR archive immediately load.

Currently, there are six plays available in Understanding Shakespeare: Hamlet, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night. All editions of the plays are from the Folger Digital Texts, which are electronic versions of the Folger Editions.

Understanding Shakespeare is a free resource that is open to the public. The Folger Digital Texts are free to use for all non-commercial uses. Each article title links to the full-text on the main JSTOR website, which is available to people at participating institutions or with individual access to JSTOR. Many articles in Understanding Shakespeare are also available for online reading with a free Register and Read account.

For more information, please visit:

Department of Medieval Studies – CEU Budapest

The Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (Budapest) offers two-year MA and PhD programs, coordinated with the Bologna process requirements and accredited in Hungary (and accepted throughout Europe) as well as in the US; and a one-year MA accredited in the United States. You can find further details at:

CEU offers full or partial tuition waivers and various other types of financial support on a competitive basis. For an update on recent policies please visit:

The Department, together with the department of History, hosts numerous research units, among them the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (, the Center for Religious Studies (, the Jewish Studies Program (, and offers a number of specializations like: the Specialization in Religious Studies (SRS), Specialization in Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies Specialization (JSS), the Political Thoughts etc. For a complete list of specializations please check the departmental website from November onwards. In order to render the work of students more effective, the Source Language Teaching Group offers Latin and Greek courses and on demand Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Armenian, Old Georgian, Syriac, Russian, Ottoman, Turkish, Old Church Slavonic and Persian.

The new two-year interdisciplinary and interdepartmental MA program in Cultural Heritage Studies ( is coordinated by the department but offered together with other CEU units such as the Departments of History, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Environmental Sciences and Policy, and Legal Studies and Public Policy, plus the CEU Business School. It focuses on developing aptitudes for the critical assessment of tangible structures and objects such as buildings, monuments, and works of art, as well as intangible heritage like traditions, languages, and knowledge (see also the attached flyer of the program).

The department also participates in the international ERASMUS exchange program, which offers a 3-12 month long study abroad for PHD and two-year MA students and an internship for the one-year MA students. For more information please visit:

For undergraduate students who are interested in the program CEU organizes an interdisciplinary conference on Empire and Nations between August 6 and 9, 2015. For more information please visit

You can also get a glimpse of their activities through the Medieval Studies Department’s CEU Medieval Radio (, which is a twenty-four-hour webcast dedicated to medieval and early modern history and culture, as well as pre-1700 music. CEU Medieval Radio is web-casting interviews, talk shows, and lectures by resident and guest scholars and is devoted to authentic medieval and Renaissance music.