Corpus of Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art



In the field of Medieval Studies where scholars, teachers, and students often study evidence drawn from collateral disciplines and media, there is a pressing need for improved access to the visual dimensions of culture. The need for pictorial or iconographic documentation is particularly evident in Anglo-Saxon studies, a field in which, given the relative paucity of surviving written documents, artistic and archaeological finds are important reflections of the values, attitudes, and tastes of early English society. The ravages of time, neglect, censorious zeal, and later restoration have often reduced the monumental art forms---wall painting, sculpture, and stained glass---to shadows of their former selves, if they survive at all. Manuscripts, by contrast, often preserve in pristine condition miniatures or illustrations, offering to researchers a vast visual encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon culture.

Accessing the decorative and iconographic contents of manuscripts produced or owned in the British Isles, c. 675 to c. 1100, has been complicated by the lack of a single finding aid. Now, however, thanks to technological developments in hypertext and the World Wide Web, researchers can quickly search and retrieve information about hundreds of manuscripts. The current inventory of manuscripts, it should be noted, is under construction, and new entries will be added once they are converted into HTML. Although no images are yet available, it is our goal to provide scanned photographs in the future.

The Corpus Project

CORPUS is an international, collaborative project that aims to document verbally and pictorially the illumination and major decoration of manuscripts produced or owned in the British Isles, from circa 675 to circa 1100 A.D.

CORPUS has five objectives:

CORPUS Committee Members

Administrative Committee

Thomas H. Ohlgren (Chair, Medieval Studies, Purdue University)

Mildred Budny (Independent Scholar, Princeton, NJ)

Advisory Committee

J.J.G. Alexander (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)

Helmut Gneuss (Institut f?r Englische Philologie der Universit?t M?nchen)

Jane Rosenthal (Columbia University)

Special Consultants

Richard N. Bailey (University of Newcastle)

Carl T. Berkhout (University of Arizona)

Robert Boenig (Texas A&M University)

Linda Brownrigg (Oxford & Los Altos Hills, California)

Leonard E. Boyle (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)

Herbert Broderick III (City University of New York)

Michelle P. Brown (British Library, London)

Brendan Cassidy (Index of Christian Art, Princeton)

John Contreni (Purdue University)

Marilyn Deegan (Oxford Computing Centre)

A. N. Doane (University of Winconsin at Madison)

Michael Evans (Warburg Institute, University of London)

Carol A. Farr (University of Alabama at Huntsville)

Richard Gameson (University of Kent, Canterbury)

Malcolm Godden (Pembroke College, Oxford)

Timothy Graham (Rawlinson Center, Western Michigan University)

George D.S. Henderson (Cambridge University)

John Higgitt (University of Edinburgh)

Constance Hill (Conway Library, Courtauld Institute of Art)

Mark Infusino (University of California at Los Angeles)

Louis Jordan (University of Notre Dame)

Catherine Karkov (Miami University, Ohio)

Thomas E. Kelly (Paris, France)

Simon D. Keynes (Trinity College, Cambridge)

Henry Mayr-Harting (St. Peter's College, Oxford)

Lawrence Nees (University of Delaware)

Carol Neuman de Vegvar (Ohio Wesleyan University)

Jennifer L O'Reilly (University of Cork, Ireland)

Malcolm Parkes (Keble College, Oxford)

Andrew Prescott (British Library, London)

Michael Ryan (Chester Beatty Library, Dublin)

Thomas H. Seiler (Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University)

Patricia Stirnemann (Institut de Recherche d'Histoire des Textes, Paris)

William Stonemann (Shiede Library, Princeton University)

Paul Szarmach (Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University)

Elizabeth C. Teviotdale (Getty Museum)

M. Jane Toswell (University of Western Ontario)

William Voelkle (Pierpont Morgan Library)

Leslie E. Webster (British Museum, London)

Martin Werner (Temple University)

Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley (Georgetown University)

Gernot Wieland (University of British Columbia)

David M. Wilson (Isle of Man)

Patrick Wormald (Christ Church, Oxford)

Charles Wright (University of Illinois)

Sample Entries

For information about the history, scope, and format of the following descriptions, see Thomas H. Ohlgren, Insular and Anglo-Saxon Illuminated Manuscripts: An Iconographic Catalogue (New York and London, 1986). It is important to note that the indexes to the manuscripts, authors and titles, places of origin and provenance, dates, and iconographic contents are not available in the WWW version. To obtain information about the fully-featured version of CORPUS, contact Thomas H. Ohlgren at
  1. Dublin, Trinity College MS 55 (A.4.15)
  2. Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana MS S.45. sup.
  3. Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana MS D.23. sup.
  4. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy MS S.n.
  5. Durham, Cathedral Library MSS A.II.10 (fols. 2-5, 338 and 339), C.III.13 (fols.192-5), C.III.20 (fols. 1 and 2)
  6. Dublin, Trinity College MS 57 (A.4.5)
  7. Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana MS Amiatino I
  8. Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek MS 32 (Script. eccl. 484), fols. 94-105
  9. London, British Library Cotton MS Nero D.IV
  10. Durham, Cathedral Library MS A.II.17, fols. 2-102, and Cambridge, Magdalene College Pepys MS 2981 (19)
  11. Paris, Biblioth?que Nationale MS lat. 9389
  12. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 197B (fols. 1-36); London, British Library Cotton MS Otho C.V
  13. K?ln, Dombibliothek Cod. 213
  14. Berlin, Deutsche Staatsbibliothek MS Hamilton 553
  15. Leipzig, Universit?tsbibliothek MSS Rep. I. 58a and Rep. II. 35a
  16. Durham, Cathedral Library MS A.II.16 and Cambridge, Magdalene College Pepys MS 2981 (18)
  17. Durham, Cathedral Library MS B.II.30
  18. Leiden, Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit MS Voss. Lat. F. 4, fols. 4-33
  19. St. Petersburg, Public Library Cod. Q.v.I.18
  20. London, British Library Royal MS 1.B.VII
  21. Lichfield, Cathedral Library
  22. Maaseik, Church of St. Catherine, Kerkshat, s.n., fols. 1-5
  23. Maaseik, Church of St. Catherine, Kerkshat, s.n., fols. 6-132
  24. Harburg ?ber Donauw?rth, Schloss Harburg, F?rstlich ?ttingen-Wallerstein'sche Bibliothek Cod. I.2.4.2
  25. Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Universit?tsbibliothek Cod. 702
  26. Trier, Domschatz Codex 61 (Bibliotheksnummer 134)
  27. Gotha, Forschungsbibliothek Cod. Memb. I. 18
  28. Stuttgart, W?rttembergische Landesbibliothek Cod. Bibl. 2. 12
  29. London, British Library Cotton MS Vespasian A.I
  30. Stockholm, Kunglinga Biblioteket MS A. 135
  31. New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M. 776
  32. London, British Library Royal MS 1.E.VI, Canterbury, Cathedral Library Additional MS 16, and Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Lat. bib. b. 2(P)
  33. London, B.L. Cotton MS Tiberius C.II
  34. Paris, Biblioth?que Nationale MS lat. 281, 298
  35. London, British Library Royal MS 2.A.XX
  36. Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica MS Barberini Lat. 570
  37. Vienna, Nationalbibliothek Cod. 1224
  38. Hereford, Cathedral Library MS P.I.2
  39. St. Petersburg, Public Library Cod. F.v.I.8
  40. Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 426 (S.C. 2327), fols. 1-118
  41. London, British Library Harley MS 2965
  42. St. Petersburg, Public Library Cod. Q.v.XIV.I.
  43. Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson G.167 (S.C. 14890)
  44. St. Gall, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. 51
  45. Dublin, Trinity College MS A.I.15 (60)
  46. London, British Library Additional MS 40618
  47. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy MS D.II.3, fols. 1-11
  48. Dublin, Trinity College MS 59 (A. 4. 23)
  49. Fulda, Landesbibliothek Codex Bonifatianus 3
  50. St. Gall, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. 1395, pp. 426-27
  51. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy MS D.II.3, fols. 12-67
  52. Dublin, Trinity College MS A.I.6 (58)
  53. Dublin, Trinity College MS 52
  54. Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Auct. D.2.19 (S.C. 3946)
  55. W?rzburg, Universit?tsbibliothek Cod. M. p. th. f. 69.
  56. Paris, Biblioth?que Nationale MS nouv. acq. lat. 1587.
  57. St. Gall, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. 1395, pp. 418-19
  58. St. Gall, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. 1395, pp. 422-23
  59. Dublin, Trinity College MS A.4.6 (56)
  60. St. Gall, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. 60.
  61. Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Cod. O.IV.20.
  62. Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana MS C. 301. inf.
  63. Leiden, Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit MS B. P. L. 67
  64. Valenciennes, Biblioth?que Municipale MS 99
  65. Antwerp, Museum Plantin-Moretus MS M.17.4.
  66. Cambridge, University Library MS Ll.I.10
  67. Paris, Biblioth?que Nationale MS lat. 10861
  68. St. Gall, Stiftsbibliothek Cod. 904
  69. Karlsruhe, Landesbibliothek Cod. CLXVII.
  70. Last Updated on August 11, 1996 by Thomas H Ohlgren and William I. Bormann