Internet Resources for the Study of Early Medieval Monasticism

1. Digital medieval manuscripts, click here
2. Current web-based research and documentation projects, click here
3. Full text databases of source texts and translations, click here
4. Digitized books, click here
5. Latin dictionaries, click here
6. Other research tools, click here
7. Organizations, click here
8. Websites on specific monasteries, click here

1. Digital Latin medieval manuscripts (listed by country, city, library or provenance)

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Click here for other websites on digital manuscripts.

For manuscripts from French libraries:  Bibliothèque Virtuelle des Manuscrits Médiévaux (BVMM) - click here. BVMM-libraries that provide just manuscript images instead of complete digitized manuscripts are not listed.

For digital manuscript collections in Germany (currently the most up to date list) - click here.

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  • Aarau: Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek - click here.

  • Aarau: Staatsarchiv - click here.

  • Aberystwith: National Library of Wales - click here.

  • Albi: Biblithèque municipale - click here.

  • Altenhohenau, Dominikanerinnenkloster - click here.

  • Amiens: Biblithèque municipale - click here.

  • Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit - click here.

  • Angers: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Assisi: Biblioteca del Sacro Convento - click here.
  • Auch: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Augsburg: Universitaetsbibliothek - click here.

  • Austin: University of Texas
  • Austria - click here.

  • Aix-en-Provence: Biblithèque Méjanes - click here.

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  • Baden-Württemberg - click here.

  • Baltimore:
    • Walters Art Museum - click here.
    • Johns Hopkins University
      • George Peabody Library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
      • Institute of the History of Medicine, Historical Collection (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
      • John Work Garrett Library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
      • Milton S. Eisenhower Library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Bamberg: Staatsbibliothek - Kaiser Heinrich Bibliothek - click here.

  • Basel: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Barcelona
  • Bavaria - click here.

  • Bergen: University Library - click here.

  • Bern: Burgerbibliothek - click here.

  • Berkeley: University of California -
    • Bancroft Library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • Robins Collection (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Berlin
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  • Beromünster: Stiftskirche St. Michael - click here.

  • Saint-Bertin (Saint-Omer) - click here.

  • Bloomington: Indiana University (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Bonn: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek: search on Manuscripta Mediaevalia - click here.

  • Bremgarten: Stadtarchiv - click here.

  • Brno: 
  • Brussels: Royal Library
  • Bucharest: National Library of Romania - click here.

  • Budapest:
  • Burgundy: Cartae Burgundiae Medii Aevi (Charters and Cartularies) - click here.

  • Burlington VT: University of Vermont (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

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  • Caen: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Cahors: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Cambridge:
  • Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Castres: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Cessena: Biblioteca Malatestina - click here.

  • Châlons-sur-Marne, Biblithèque municipale - click here.

  • Chartres: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Chateau-Gontier: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Chicago: Goodspeed Manuscript Collection - click here.

  • Cîteaux (manuscripts in Dijon) - click here.

  • Colmar: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Cologny:
  • Cologne:
    • Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Colonensis: manuscripts of the Dombibliothek and other libraries - click here.
    • Historisches Archiv - click here.

  • Columbia: University of Missouri (throgh Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Conception: Conception Abbey and Seminary (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Copenhagen: Royal Library - click here.

  • Corvey/Paderborn: Nova Corbeia - click here.

  • Czech Republic - click here.

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  • Darmstadt: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek:  - click here.

  • Davis: University of California (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Den Haag: Koninklijke Bibliotheek - click here.

  • Deventer: Athenaeum - click here.

  • Dijon: Biblithèque municipale - click here.

  • Dole: Biblithèque municipale - click here.

  • Dresden: Universitaetsbibliothek - click here.

  • Dublin:
  • Düsseldorf: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

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  • Einsiedeln: Stiftsbibliothek - click here.

  • Engelberg: Klosterbibliothek - click here.

  • Erfurt/Gotha: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Erlangen/Nürnberg: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

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  • Firenze:
  • Foix: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Frauenfeld: Kantonsbibliothek Thurgau - click here.

  • Frankfurt: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Freiburg im Breisgau: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Freising - click here.

  • Frejus: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Fribourg/Freiburg
  • Fulda: Hochschul- und Landesbibliothek - click here.

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  • Genève, Biblithèque de Genève - click here.

  • Gent: University Library - click here.

  • Germany - click here.

  • Giessen: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Gotha/Erfurt: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Graz:
    • Universitätsbibliothek/Erlebnisraum altes Buch - click here.
    • Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Grenoble: Biblithèque municipale - click here.

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  • Hagenau: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Halle:  Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt - click here.

  • Hamburg: Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Harvard: Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library - click here; Digital Scritprium - click here.

  • Heidelberg: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Hessen: Hessisches Archiv-Dokumentations- und Informations-System (mostly charters from archives in Hessen) - click here.

  • Helsinki: National Library - click here.

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  • Island - click here.

  • Jena: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek - click here.

  • Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - click here.

  • Karlsruhe: Digital Manuscripts on library website - click here.

  • Kassel: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Kiel: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Köln:
    • Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Colonensis: manuscripts of the Dombibliothek and other libraries - click here.
    • Historisches Archiv - click here.


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  • Laon: Biblithèque municipale - click here.

  • Lausanne: Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire - click here.

  • Laval: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Lawrence: University of Kansas (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Le Havre: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Le Mans: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Leeds: University Library - click here.

  • Leiden: University Library - click here.

  • Leipzig: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • Lichfield: Cathedral Library - click here.

  • Lille: Biblithèque municipale - click here.

  • Lisbon: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal - click here.

  • London: British Library - click here.

  • Lorsch: Bibliotheca Laureshamensis digital - click here.

  • Lund: University Library - click here.

  • Luzern
  • Lyon: Bibliothèque municipale - click here.

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  • Madrid: Biblioteca Real de la Academia - click here.

  • Mainz: Stadtbibliothek - click here.

  • Manchester: John Rylands University Library - click here.

  • Mantua: Biblioteca Teresiana - click here.

  • Marburg: Staatsarchiv (through Manuscripta Mediaevalia) - click here.

  • Meklenburg-Vorpommern - click here.

  • Metz: Bibliothèque municipale - click here.

  • Archives départementales de la Meuse - click here

  • Milano: Biblioteca Ambrosiana (pay website) - click here.

  • Millau: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Montpellier: Biblithèque municipale - click here.

  • Montserrat - click here.

  • Moscow: Russian State Library (through Manuscripta Mediaevalia) - click here.

  • Munich: Münchner DigitalisierungsZentrum: digital manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - click here.

    • Klarissenkloster St. Jakob am Anger - click here.
    • Pütrich-Regelhaus München (Franziskanertertiarinnen) - click here.
    • Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

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  • Napoli: Biblioteca Nazionale - click here.

  • Neuburg a. d. Donau: Benediktinerinnenkloster - click here.

  • Neuchâtel: Bibliothèque publique et universitaire - click here.

  • New Brunswick: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • New York:
    •  City College of New York (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • Columbia University (through Digital Scriptorium)
    • Fordham University (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • General Theological Seminary (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • Grolier Club (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • Jewish Theological Seminary (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • New York Public Library (through Digital Scriptorium)
    • New York University, Bobst Library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • Pierpont Morgan Library - click here.

  • Nonantola (currently not accessible) - click here.

  • Norway - click here.

  • Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Nürnberg
  • Oberlin College (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Olomuc - click here.

  • Saint-Omer, Bibliothèque municipale - click here.

  • Orléans: Bibliothèque municipale - click here.

  • Orselina: Convento della Madonna del Sasso - click here.

  • Oslo: National Library - click here.

  • Oxford:
    • Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: includes material from several college libraries and the Bodleian library - click here.
    • Luna: medieval and renaissance manuscripts from the Bodleian library - click here.
    • Other projects - click here.

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  • Paderborn/Corvey - click here.

  • Paris:
  • Perugia: Biblioteca Augusta - click here.

  • Pistoia: Archivio Capitolare - click here.

  • Philadelphia:
    • Free Library of Philadelphia (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • University of Pennsylvania - click here.
      • Schoenberg Center for Electronic Texts and Images - click here.

  • Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Porrentruy: Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne - click here.

  • Prague: National Library of the Czech Republic - click here.

  • Providence: Providence Public Library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

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  • Regensburg: Benediktinerkloster St. Emmeram - click here.

  • Reichenau: 
    • stgallplan.org: website on the St. Gallen monastery plan and digital reproduction of the medieval libraries of St. Gallen and Reichenau - click here.
    • digital manuscript on website Karsruhe, Landesbibliothek - click here.

  • Reims, Bibliothèque municipale
  • Rennes, Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Reykjavik: National and University Library of Iceland - click here.

  • Rheinland-Pfalz - click here.

  • Rodez
    • Archives diocésaines (BVMM) - click here. 
    • Bibliothèque de la Société des lettres de l'Aveyron (BVMM) - click here.
    • Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Rome:
    • American Academy (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • Biblioteca Nazionale, manuscripts from Nonantola (currently not accessible) - click here.
    • Vatican
  • Riverside: University of California, Riverside - click here.

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  • Sacramento: State of California, California State Library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Saint-Bertin (Saint-Omer) - click here.

  • Saint-Brieuc: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Saint-Omer, Bibliothèque municipale - click here.

  • Salem: Zisterzienserabtei - click here.

  • Salzburg: University Library - click here.

  • San Francisco
    • State of California, Sutro Collection (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.
    • San Francisco State University (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • San Marino: Huntington Library (through Digital Scriptorium) - click here.

  • Saint Catherine monastery, Egypt: Codex Sinaiticus project - click here.

  • Saint-Mihiel, through Archives départementales de la Meuse - click here.

  • Sarnen: Staatsarchiv Obwalden - click here.

  • Saumur: Biblithèque municipale (BVMM) - click here.

  • Schaffhausen
  • Schlatt: Eisenbibliothek - click here.

  • Seligenthal: Archiv der Zisterzienserinnenabtei - click here.

  • Siena: Intronati Library - click here.

  • Simplon: Congrégation du Grand-Saint-Bernard  - click here.

  • Sion/Sitten
    • Archives de l'Etat du Valais/Staatsarchiv Wallis - click here.
    • Archives du Chapitre/Kapitelsarchiv - click here.
    • Médiathèque du Valais - click here.

  • Solothurn
  • Spain:
  • St. Benedict, Oregon: Mount Angel Abbey - click here.

  • St. Gallen:
    • Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung - click here.
    • Stiftsarchiv (Abtei Pfäfers) - click here.
    • Stiftsbibliothek: Codices Electronici Sangallensis: digital manuscripts - click here.
    • stgallplan.org: website on the St. Gallen monastery plan and digital reproduction of the medieval libraries of St. Gallen and Reichenau - click here.

  • St. Pölten: Diözesanarchiv - click here.

  • Stanford University: Parker Library - click here.

  • Strassburg:
  • Stuttgart: Württembergische Landesbibliothek - click here.

  • Switzerland:
    • E-Codices - Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland - click here.
    • Antike und Mittelalterliche Handschriften in der Schweiz - click here.

  • Syracuse: Syracuse University Library - click here.

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  • Toronto: University Library - click here.

  • Torre: Archivio Parrocchiale - click here.

  • Tourlouse:
  • Trier: St. Matthias - click here.

  • Trogen: Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden - click here.

  • Troyes: Bibliothèque Municipale - click here.

  • Tübingen: Universitätsbibliothek - click here.

  • United States - click here.

  • Utrecht: Universiteitsbibliotheek - click here.
  • Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum - click here.

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see also:
  • Archivalia - click here.

  • Bayerisch-tschechisches Netzwerk digitaler Geschichtsquellen - click here.

  • Bibliografia dei manoscritti in scrittura beneventana - click here.

  • Bibliotheca Carolina: Royal Manuscripts from the Carolingian Era - click here.

  • Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts (UCLA) - click here.

  • Consulting Medieval Manuscripts Online (Andy Holt Virtual Library) - click here.

  • DFG Verbundprojekt Schriftlichkeit in süddeutschen Frauenklöstern - click here.

  • Digital Scriptorium - click here.

  • Early Manuscripts Electronic Library - click here.

  • Éditions en ligne de l'École des chartes (ELEC) - click here.

  • The European Library - click here.

  • Hill Manuscript Library: catalogue of manuscripts available in microfilm at the Hill Manuscript Library, including manuscript descriptions, especially complete for Austrian libraries - click here.

  • Handschriftencensus (manuscripts with texts in German) - click here.

  • Jordanus.org: catalogue of medieval scientific manuscripts - click here.

  • Manus online: searchable database of Italian manuscript catalogues and digital manuscript projects - click here.

  • Manuscripta.at: manuscript catalogues of Austrian libraries, searchable - click here.

  • Manuscripta Mediaevalia (click on 'Nur digitalisierte Hanschriften) - click here.

  • manuscriptorium.com: digital manuscripts, mostly from Czech libraryies - click here.

  • Medaevum.de: Mediävistik im Internet - click here.

  • Medieval Manuscripts on the Web - click here.

  • Monasterium.net: Europe's virtual documents online - click here.

  • Nova Biblioteca Manoscritta: catalogue of manuscripts of libraries in the Veneto - click here.

  • romendelarose.org - click here.

  • T-pen, a research tool for transcribing digital manuscripts - click here.

  • Virtuelles deutsches Urkundennetzwerk - click here.

  • Virtuelle Rekonstruktionen historischer Handschriftenbibliotheken - click here.

2. Current web-based research and documentation projects
  • Anglo-Saxon Penitentials, a cultural database - click here.

  • Archives de littérature du Moyen Âge (ARLIMA) - click here.

  • Bibliotheca Legum, A database on Carolingian secular law texts - click here.

  • Cantus: a database for Latin ecclesiastical chant - click here.

  • Carolingian Canon Law Project - click here.

  • Communis: Consortium for Medieval Monastic Studies - click here.

  • Das Digitale Repertorium "Geschichtsquellen des deutschen Mittelalters" - click here.

  • Gregorian Chant Database (Académie de chant Grégorien) - click here.

  • Magistri Guillelmi Autissiodorensis Simma de officiis ecclesiasticis (digital editions) - click here.

  • Medievalsophia. Studi e richierci sui saperi medievali - click here.

  • Manuscripta Mediaevalia: searchable databse of German catalogues of medieval manuscripts, great resource! - click here.

  • Nomen et gens: Prosopographic database 300-800 AD - click here.

  • Ordensgeschiche: blog on monastic research - click here.

  • Regesta Imprerii - click here.

  • Regesta Pontificum Romanorum online - click here.

  • Répertoire des cartulaires médiévaux et modernes (CartulR) - click here.
  • Saint Patrick's Confessio (Digital Edition, Manuscripts, Translations) - click here.

  • Société des Bollandists, Index analytique des Catalogues de manuscrits hagiographiques latins publiés par les Bollandistes: database of hagiographical manuscripts, also searchable on saints and BHL-numbers - click here.

  • stgallplan.org: website on the St. Gallen monastery plan and digital reproduction of the medieval libraries of St. Gallen and Reichenau - click here.

3. Full text databses of source texts and translations
  • Anglo-Saxon Penitentials, a cultural database - click here.

  • Bible: LXX - Vulgate parallel version (with English translation) - click here.

  • Bibliotheca Augustana: classical and medieval texts online - click here.

  • Carolingian Bibliography - click here.

  • Carolingian Canon Law Project - click here.

  • Carolingian Polyptyques - click here.

  • CELT: Latin sources on Irish history - click here.

  • Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum: A Digital Library of Latin Literature - click here.

  • Documenta Catholica: patristic sources, Mansi etc. - click here.

  • Epistolæ: Medieval Women's Letters - click here.

  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook - click here.

  • Lives of the Desert Fathers: online translation of most of Patrolgia Latina 73 and 74, click here.

  • Monasterium.net: online database of medieval charters - click here.

  • Monumenta Germaniae Historica: online, searchable - click here.

  • Monumenta.ch: patristic texts - click here.

  • Regnum Francorum Online - click here.

  • Repertorium: Geschichtsquellen des Deutschen Mittelalters - click here.

  • The Latin Library: classical and patristic Latin texts - click here.

  • Neo-Vulgate (Nova Vulgata): official Vatican version - click here.

  • Online Medieval Sources Bibliography - click here.

4. Digitized books (for manuscript catalogues - click here)
  • Acta Sanctorum, scanned - click here.

  • Archive.org: digitized books, often better quality than google books - click here.

  • Bibliothek der Kirchenväter - click here.

  • Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (CSEL): Direct links to the first 55 volumes - click here.

  • Gallica: digitized printed books from the Bibliothèque National, Paris - click here.

  • Hathi Trust Digital Library - click here.

  • Leuven Database of Ancient Books: texts and manuscript descriptions, includes and inventory of the CLA - click here.

  • Loeb Classical Library - click here.

  • Patrologia Latina/Graeca: List of archive.org-links of all PL/PG volumes - click here.

  • Patrologia Orientalis (not complete) - click here.

  • Persee: French digital resources, useful for manuscript catalogues - click here.

5. Latin dictionaries online
                                                        see also jp-magister.de - click here.
  • Du Cange, Glossarium mediae et infimae Latinitatis, online, searchable! - click here.
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  • Georges, Lateinisch-Deutsches Handwörterbuch, searchable! - click here.

  • Habel-Gröbel, Mittellateinisches Glossar, only on google books, nevertheless useful - click here.

  • Lewis & Short, Perseus Latin Dictionary - click here.

  • Notre-Dame Latin dictionary and grammar aid - click here.

  • Niermeyer, Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus, now online on archive.org - click here.

5a. Other languages

6. Other research tools

  • Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (dictionary on persons relevant to church history, including many saints, also useful as a resource to find secundary literature), click here.

  • Cappelli, Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane: dictionary of Latin abbreviations, searchable! - click here.

  • Clementine Vulgate online, searchable - click here.

  • DigiPal, Digital Resource and Database of Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic - click here.

  • Fourth-Century Christianity: information about texts and authors from the fourth century - click here.

  • Graesse, Orbis Latinus online: repertory on Latin place names, searchable - click here.

  • Grotefend, Zeitrechnung des deutschen Mittelalters - click here.

  • Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (European Library Catalogue) - click here.

  • Kristeller, A List of the Printed Cataogues and Unpublished Inventories of Extant Collections - click here.

  • Latin Bible Concordance - click here.

  • Monastic Matrix: resources on the study of female monasticism - click here.

  • Regnum Francorum Online (interactive map) - click here.

  • The Order of St. Benedict: sources and texts on Benedictine monasticism - click here.

7. Organizations
  • Arbeitskreis geistliche Frauen im europäischen Mittelalter (agfem) - click here.

  • Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte - click here.

  • Network for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism - click here.

8. Websites on specific monasteries

Thanks to Courtney Booker, Karl Brunner, David Ganz, Katherine French, Klaus Graf and Tuija Ainonen for suggesting new links.

Last updates: July 17, 2014.