Western Medieval Manuscripts
We have more than 900 Western medieval manuscripts. The greater part of them are written in Latin and decorated with beautiful illuminations. Over half of them come from Vadstena Convent, around twenty from the Franciscan Order in Stockholm and a similar number from the Dominican Order in Sigtuna. We also have war booty seized during the 17th century and later donations in this part of the Library.
Western medieval manuscripts
Most of the Western medieval manuscripts at Carolina are integrated in the C-section of the Manuscripts according to subject, although some can be found in other sections. For example there are Swedish legal manuscripts in the B-section which includes the De la Gardie Collection where the famous manuscript, Codex argenteus, also known as the Silver Bible, is held.
Some famous medieval manuscripts in our collections
- Codex argenteus, or the Silver Bible, contains the four gospels in a Gothic translation. This manuscript was probably made in Ravenna at the beginning of the 6th century. [DG 1]
- Codex Caesareus, or the Emperor's book, contains the gospels in Latin made for Henry III at the Echternach Monastery in Luxemburg, approx. 1050. [C 93]
- Johanette Ravanelle's Book of Hours is a prayer book in latin with beautiful full-page miniatures from approx. 1400. [C 517e]
- Magnus Eriksson's National Law Code, a manuscript with illustrations, from approx. 1430. [B 68]
- The Uppsala Edda, an Icelandic manuscript from approx. 1300 which contains Snorri Sturluson's prose Edda, a book on the art of poetry. [DG 11]
- The Vadstena Diary, a collection of notes that describe life at Vadstena Monastery during the period 1384-1545. [C 89]
Some of these manuscripts can be seen in the Expo Rediviva - the Library's permanent exhibition. Most of them have been digitized and are recorded in Alvin - platform for digital collections and digitized cultural heritage.
The Section for Manuscripts and Music is happy to assist you with your searches. You can request a document and study it the same day, here in the Special Reading Room in the Library.
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