menu icon mobile devices search icon mobile devicesSearch the site

Western (European) Manuscripts

Among the Western manuscripts are over 500 medieval codices, including outstanding examples of calligraphy and illumination in books of hours, psalters and other devotional works. Most are in Latin, but fine illuminations also appear in English, French, Greek and Italian texts.

Manuscripts from important monastic and other centres are numerous, among them Bremen, Erfurt, Essen, Luxeuil, Murbach, Trier and Weissenau, and there are also many secular works including cartularies, royal wardrobe books and chronicles.

Post-medieval material has a strong emphasis on literary papers, as well as antiquarian collections, socio-historical material, and personal correspondence and papers. There are many original bindings, medieval jewelled book covers, and ivory carvings.

There are major collections of manuscripts in English, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Latin and Spanish, with smaller collections or individual items in Bulgarian, Dutch, Hungarian, Icelandic, Mexican, Portuguese, Romanian, the Slavonic languages and Welsh.

See also

Further information is avaiavle for the following collections:

Further information

Select list of other websites relating to Western (European) Manuscripts:



The University of Manchester is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Can we help?