Illuminated Manuscripts: Other Portals and Databases

Other Portals and Databases


Calendoscope is intended to help specialists in the analysis and the identification of liturgical calendars of the Middle Ages.

DanteSources DanteSources is a Digital Library, based on an RDF ontology, which allows retrieving information about Dante Alighieri's primary sources, i.e., the works of other authors that Dante cites in his texts. DanteSources allows to visualize the list and the distribution of primary sources, authors and thematic areas cited by Dante through tables and charts.

Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE). This database aims at making available textual and contextual data of book epigrams (or: metrical paratexts) to be found in Byzantine manuscripts (seventh to fifteenth century).
Book epigrams are poems in books and on books: their subject is the very manuscript in which they are found. They record, react to, or motivate the production, the contents and the use of the book.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Because of the explosion of research in Women's Studies during the past two decades, scholars and students interested in women during the Middle Ages find an ever-growing flood of publications.

Germania Sacra provides an Online-Portal with databases of clerics and monasteries, convents and collegiate churches of the Old Empire. The databases are linked to the project’s monographs. Digitised versions of these publications are freely available.

Iberian Books offers a foundational listing of all books published in Spain, Portugal and the New World or printed elsewhere in Spanish or Portuguese during the Golden Age, 1472-1700. Bringing together information on 131,000 items, surviving in 650,000 copies worldwide, it is embedded within a platform that uses data repository services, GIS + digital mapping, data visualisation, computer vision/image search, web annotations, IIIF and Mirador. Ground-breaking searches are possible (for instance by gender or size of the work), while 230,000 pages contain illustrations or ornamental features which have been indexed and made searchable using image-match technology.

Manuscrits Catalans de l'Edat Moderna (MCEM) neix amb l’objectiu de proporcionar a l’investigador un catàleg en línia de manuscrits en qualsevol llengua produïts als països de parla catalana de l’antiga Corona d’Aragó durant l’Edat Moderna, que permeti establir comparacions, descobrir continuïtats i constatar trencaments amb la baixa Edat Mitjana, i intuir novetats dels moviments preromàntic i romàntic.

Memòria Personal L’Arxiu de la Memòria Personal és una base de dades sobre la documentació escrita, relativa a escrits personals (dietaris, autobiografies, etc.), de Catalunya i dels altres territoris de parla catalana. Després d’anys de coneixement i treball a partir de fonts diverses i des de diferents àmbits –història, literatura, art o ciència–, se sap que Catalunya té, possiblement després d’Itàlia, una de les cultures europees més riques en aquest tipus de documentació.

Regesta Imperii The REGESTA IMPERII (RI) chronologically records all activities evidenced by charters and other sources of the Roman-German kings and emperors from the Carolingians up to Maximilian I (ca. 751-1519) as well as of the popes of the early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages in the form of German “Regesten” (abstracts).

The Alchemy Web Site Database of Alchemical Manuscrits


Bibliologia i cultura escrita Part of Biblioteca d'Humanitats UAB. Internet resources of Ramon Soler. Complete list of links related to book history and libraries.

European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH). The EADH brings together and represents the Digital Humanities in Europe across the entire spectrum of disciplines that research, develop, and apply digital humanities methods and technology. These include art history, cultural studies, history, image processing, language and literature studies, manuscripts studies, and musicology, amongst others. The EADH also supports the formation of DH interest groups in Europe that are defined by region, language, methodological focus or other criteria.

Historical Auxiliary Sciences Part of the Virtual Library-History Network. Links about palaeography, codicology and diplomatics to numismatics, chronology, heraldry, genealogy, etc.

Libraries and Digital collections. A complete list of international libraries and digital collections. Part of Biblioteca Digital d'Història de l'Art Hispànic (BDHAH)

The Labyrinth. Sponsored by Georgetown University, The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to resources in medieval studies. The Labyrinth’s easy-to-use links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images around the world. Each user will be able to find an Ariadne’s thread through the maze of information on the Web. Manuscripts resources.

Virtual guide to art collecionism and patronage, 14th-20th centuries Repertory of some 1.900 Internet addresses, by countries, regions and epochs, with brief commentaries. Includes Italy (some 675 addresses), Malta, Spain, France, Monaco, Belgium and Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, Bohemia and Moravia, Hungary and Croatia, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Greece, Latvia, Russia, United States, Canada, Precolumbian America, Latin America and the Non-western world. Deals with the activity of sovereigns (lay or ecclesiastical), nobility, commoners (artists included), and civil corporations (universities, art academies, guilds, brotherhoods, etc.) in order to promote and collect buildings, gardens, fine arts and books. Deals with churchmen as private patrons, but does not include Church patronage in general. It does not deal with the activity of public administration, civil nor military. Offers links to monuments, museums, libraries, biographies (individuals and families), artist monographies, journal articles, auction catalogues, etc. Links updated to July-November 2019.


Books of Hispanic Polyphony. The objective of Books of Hispanic Polyphony (BHP) is to serve as a comprehensive research tool concerning manuscript and printed polyphonic books in Spain and books with hispanic polyphony elsewhere. BHP has no chronological limitations, they started covering the period from the 15th through the 20th century.

Cançoners DB a portal and a database on medieval Catalan poetic manuscrits. It offers descriptions and data of manuscripts, authors and works, exhaustive bibliographical references and a digital library of texts.

Comparatio Des chants liturgiques médiévaux This musical database is intended to facilitate the identification of the origins of liturgical manuscripts.

Convivio. El objetivo principal de la Asociación es la promoción de estudios sobre cancioneros y lírica medieval europea, para facilitar la comunicación entre los estudiosos de las diferentes escuelas, lenguas y culturas, así como el intercambio de experiencias y metodologías.

The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) is a leading resource for the study of medieval manuscripts.

e-sequence The St. Gallen manuscripts offer valuable clues to bring the music in the 9th and 10th centuries back to life today. Through a careful study of the manuscripts together with the new digital techniques, it is possible to reconstruct the music.

Iter liturgicum italicum This repertoire is the result of the work of Giacomo Baroffio, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pavia, who collected data on liturgical books of Italian origin kept in Italy and elsewhere, or reported in the catalogues of auction houses.

Medieval Music Database La Trobe University, Not updated since 2004

Pontificio Istituto Ambrosiano di Musica Sacra (PIAMS), The Pontifical Ambrosian Institute of Sacred Music (PIAMS) is a research centre of academic nature with scientific, teaching and pastoral aims in the liturgical-musical area, which gives particular attention to the Ambrosian rite and chant.

Portal Juan Alfonso de Baena pretende facilitar y fomentar los estudios sobre el siglo XV español, fundamentalmente los trabajos de investigación sobre CANCIONEROS, al mismo tiempo que el estudio y la difusión del patrimonio histórico de Baena.

Portuguese Early Music (PEM). The Portuguese Early Music Database allows free and universal access to a large number of manuscripts with musical notation mostly written before c. 1650 preserved in many different libraries and archives in Portugal and surrounding Spanish locations. Every manuscript is given in full-colour reproduction and entered with a general description. Fragments are indexed in full. Selected codices with monophonic or polyphonic music are also fully indexed.

Printed Sacred Music Database. The scope of the present database is to cover all sacred music printed in Europe, 1500-1800. It comprises the data collected in the 'Bibliografia della musica sacra pubblicata in Italia fra il 1500 e il 1725 circa' (Venice, Fondazione Cini). The editions now preserved with Catholic music published in Switzerland up to 1800, and the editions with comparable repertoire circulated in the Alpine region, are inserted in the database in the course of a research project started in 2010 by the Institute of Musicology of Fribourg University and the Swiss RISM Office, with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (TML) aims to give free access to and make searchable every known Latin text on music from the late antiquity to the seventeenth century, in multiple editions and in transcriptions from original sources.

TrobEU; Trobadours and European Identity. The project Troubadours and European Identity: The Role of Catalan Courts (Recercaixa 2015ACUP 00127) led by Miriam Cabré of the University of Girona aims to re-examine the historical reception of this legacy, in other words the ways in which the troubadours introduced innovative and long-lasting cultural tendencies throughout Europe. A team of researchers from ten centres in Catalonia, Italy, France, and Britain have joined forces to expand our knowledge about two fundamental aspects of this reception: the courts which hosted the troubadours and the manuscripts which transmit their works.