England and France beyond the Conquest: 800 medieval manuscripts now online reveal a world of beauty

Dernière mise à jour : 12 août 2019

Wed 21 Nov 2018

What a pleasure to share with you this wonderful news!

Annunciation to the Shepherds, twelfth century psalter – BL, MS Cotton Caligula A. vii/l, f.6v. Image: British Library.

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Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library today launch two websites giving access to 800 spectacular manuscripts from the centuries either side of the Norman ConquestGround-breaking collaboration uncovers the richness and sophistication of English and French  manuscripts, including Anglo-Saxon and Norman manuscriptsCurated website offers a window onto half a millennium of cultural exchange between England and France

A two-year project, drawing upon the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library, has made 800 manuscripts from the period 700-1200 available online in full for the first time. The project includes a bilingual curated website, enabling learners and researchers around the world to explore the rich written and artistic legacy of medieval England and France as never before.

The fully digitised manuscripts can be viewed on a website based on the BnF’s Gallica White Label platform, which uses the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) standard and Mirador viewer to enable users to browse, magnify, annotate and compare manuscripts side by side in a virtual study environment: France-England: medieval manuscripts between 700 and 1200

The British Library has also developed an extensive curated website, aimed at a wide public audience, that showcases a selection of the manuscript highlights, and includes thematic articles and video clips on topics ranging from early medieval medical knowledge to the techniques of creating an illuminated manuscript. Medieval England and France, 700–1200

The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200 has seen teams from the two libraries working together to digitise, catalogue fully and make available online 400 spectacular manuscripts from each of their collections.