Medieval & Renaissance Historical Documents
The European Middle Ages or medieval period ran from about 500 to 1500 CE. Illuminated manuscripts from this time were often liturgical, but many documents were legal or philosophical. Replacing the papyrus roll or wax tablet, the codex was made of parchment folded into a book.
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Medieval & Illuminated History
Join us to experience an intellectual and historical journey of the Middle Ages through surviving medieval manuscripts, many illuminated, including codices and fragments from important historical documents and literary works of the era, land charters, musical leaves, and documents from great medieval theological and philosophical manuscripts.
Learn about our work on medieval manuscripts from the Middle Ages and the journey of the collector in finding and safeguarding these medieval document treasures.