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A full-image database of the handwritten books of the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. The database includes books from the sixth through the sixteenth centuries. Texts represented are mostly in Latin, Anglo-Saxon or English. The collection, assembled by Archbishop Matthew Parker in the late sixteenth century includes texts on religious history from the early Middle Ages through the Reformation. The Parker Library is particularly rich in texts from Anglo-Saxon England, including the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (c. 890), and texts in Middle English, including Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. A small number of brittle manuscripts were not digitized.


Provides a TUTORIAL and a GLOSSARY.

Dates covered

Sixth through sixteenth centuries.


Hand written books sixth through sixteenth centuries.

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Full image.

Print counterpart or
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Montague Rhodes James. A Descriptive Catalogue of The Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College Cambridge, Vol. I (Cambridge, 1909), Vol. II (Cambridge, 1912). Alexander Library STACKS Z6621.C174C51

Mildred Budny. Insular, Anglo-Saxon and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. An Illustrated Catalogue, 2 vols. (Kalamazoo, MI, 1997).
Art Library STACKS ND3128.C67 1997

Kari Anne Rand. The Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist XX, Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Woodbridge, 2009).
Alexander Library STACKS Z6605 .E5 R35 2009

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Stanford University

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Stanford University

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