A Facsimile Edition of the Vernon Manuscript

Posted on Monday 5th March 2012

Front cover of The Vernon Manuscript DVD

A DVD of Professor Wendy Scase's 'Facsimile Edition of the Vernon Manuscript' has been published by Bodleian Library Publishing.

The Vernon Manuscript is one of the greatest treasures of early English literature and the arts of the book. It contains over 350 Middle English texts, among them Piers Plowman, the Ancrene Riwle, the South English Legendary, the Prick of Conscience, and the Miracles of the Virgin. A volume of massive dimensions, carefully copied and extensively decorated for pious readers c.1390-1400, it offers an incomparable resource for students of literature, art, culture, and language.

For the first time, the entire manuscript is available here in an innovative, highly accessible format. The DVD-Rom contains a full facsimile with images of each page of the manuscript, visible at high magnification, and a complete 'live' transcription of the text with hyperlinks allows for powerful global searches across the entire text.

Providing a new quality of access to this remarkable resource, this new edition is aimed at specialists and students in medieval literature, manuscript studies, palaeography, art history, and the history of the book.

A series of launch events open to the public to celebrate publication is planned for May-June 2012.