Over the last two years the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France worked together to catalog and digitize 800 medieval manuscripts.
The project called, The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200 was created to make the manuscripts freely available online for the general public.
The site is now live! With works from Bede the Venerable,
William of Malmesbury, Gregory of Tour and Thomas Becket there is something for everyone!
Visit the site at: https://manuscrits-france-angleterre.org/polonsky/en/content/accueil-en and prepare to lose yourself for hours in the great collection!
“By providing online access to the digitized versions of 800 of some of the finest of these manuscripts we hope to transform awareness of this period of close political and cultural entwinement between our two countries, when scribes moved between England, France and Normandy, working in Latin, French and English on manuscripts of unparalleled beauty and sophistication.”
~Kathleen Doyle, Lead Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library