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Digital sources:


Bryn Mawr acquired the processional from Les Enluminures, which also furnished a complete scholarly description of the manuscript and notes on its history and significance, available here.

CANTUS, run by the University of Waterloo, is a searchable database of Latin ecclesiastical chant from manuscripts and early printed works. An entry for the processional is in progress.

Several editions of the Liber Usualis, including the 1957 and 1961 volumes, are available for use and download online.

The Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis project (SIMSSA) explores digital technologies that read and search medieval scores. Its Liber Usualis page allows users to search for musical passages in the 1961 edition of the Liber Usualis.

Another late-Gothic Poissy processional is available in full on this site, from Reed College Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library. It offers a useful comparison with the Bryn Mawr manuscript.

Joan Naughton’s dissertation, Manuscripts from the Dominican Monastery of Saint-Louis de Poissy, (cited above) is an invaluable resource on manuscripts from Poissy. It is available in full through the University of Melbourne’s library.


Some broader online resources for the study of medieval manuscripts:


The DMMap is an interactive map of digitized manuscripts around the world.

Sexy Codicology is a wonderfully-named blog that updates regularly with news on the study, and particularly the digital study, of medieval manuscripts.

Good, although incomplete, lists of digitized medieval manuscripts are available through:

The library of the University of Tennessee, Martin

Siân Echard, Department of English, University of British Columbia

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the UCLA. (Work on this project stopped in 2013, but the existing catalogue is still active.)

Students in the Philadelphia area may be especially interested to read about the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, which combines digital studies and manuscript studies.




Finally, if you find yourself really tired of the Middle Ages and of non-fiction, check out Honore de Balzac’s “The Merry Tattle of the Nuns of Poissy,” available here and for download along with Balzac’s anthology of Droll Stories Collected from the the Abbeys of Touraine.