Manuscripts in the Curriculum

Manuscripts in the Curriculum, in partnership with Les Enluminures, Spring Term 2017
Manuscripts in the Curriculum, in partnership with Les Enluminures, Spring Term 2017

Researchers, history buffs and fans of the popular medieval fantasy epic Game of Thrones can view nearly two dozen rare medieval and early modern manuscripts in University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives thanks to an innovative new collaboration between UVic Libraries and Les Enluminures. Les Enluminures is a firm based in New York, Chicago and Paris which has the largest inventory of text manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. UVic is the first Canadian institution to partner with them in this initiative.

The collection of 21 manuscripts will be used for teaching in the coming term at UVic. The items span from the 13th century onwards; in many languages including Latin, French and vernacular; with non-Western European cultures represented by manuscripts from Greece and Ethiopia; and with subject matter ranging from liturgy and lives of saints to canon law, school books and humanism, to name only a few.

The manuscripts are on loan to UVic until May 1, 2017, allowing students and faculty a rare opportunity to work with these primary sources. The public can also access the manuscripts, along with various treasures from the library's rare and unique collections, by visiting room A005 and speaking to the staff. Please check hours and availability of the manuscripts ahead of time.

For more information on medieval book-making, including the art of illumination, please visit the following resource from Cambridge:

A full list of the manuscripts is available here.