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It’s easy to see that the advent of digital technology has revolutionized the modern world by enabling us to do things that would simply not have been possible before, and of course in many ways this is true. However, it is often easy to overlook those many ways in which technology enables us to do things that were previously possible more quickly, easily, or safely. The availability of digital images of manuscripts online from libraries around the world proves invaluable to us in this respect.
Much can rightly be made of the impressive collections of beautifully illuminated and decorated manuscripts that are increasingly being made available in this way, such as those at the British Library (further information here). The value of these as works of art and especially in inspiring interest in the medieval world is ample justification for this programme. But of course there is so much more to medieval manuscripts than their illustrations: their texts…
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