13 Oct. 2021: Michelle P. Brown conference

Michelle P. Brown, An Introduction to the Illuminated Manuscripts of Britain and Ireland, c. 600-850

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 6pm local time (EEST), live on Zoom (link)

Michelle Brown is Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Studies, University of London), and former curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library. Her publications include: Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture c. 450-1050, Oxford: Bodleian, 2016; The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Early Medieval World, London & Chicago: British Library and Univ. of Chicago Press, 2010; Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age, London & Toronto: British Library & Univ. of Toronto Press, 2008; ‎A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600, Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 1993.

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Summer School in Berlin

Between 27 September- 1 October 2021, CODEX member, Andrei Crișan (PhD candidate), attended the Medieval Summer School: From Diplomatics to Genetics. Old and new fundamental research methods in medieval studies, organized in Berlin by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

Programme: https://www.bbaw.de/die-akademie/mitarbeiterinnen-mitarbeiter/feuchter-joerg/summer-school-2021


All interested are invited to attend our guest lectures. No prior registration is required.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 6pm local time (EEST), live on Zoom (link)

Michelle P. Brown, An Introduction to the Illuminated Manuscripts of Britain and Ireland, c. 600-850

Michelle Brown is Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Studies, University of London), and former curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library. Her publications include: Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture c. 450-1050, Oxford: Bodleian, 2016; The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Early Medieval World, London & Chicago: British Library and Univ. of Chicago Press, 2010; Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age, London & Toronto: British Library & Univ. of Toronto Press, 2008; ‎A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600, Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 1993.

Thursday, 4 November, 4pm local time (EET), Sala Eminescu, Fac. de Litere (Covid allowing), and live on Zoom (link)

Christine Jakobi-Mirwald, ‘Lost in Translation’: Speaking about Medieval Manuscripts

Christine Jakobi-Mirwald studied art history, French and Italian in Munich, and has a PhD in art history and manuscript studies from the University of Kassel. Her publications include: Das mittelalterliche Buch. Funktion und Ausstattung, Stuttgart: Reclam, 2004; Text – Buchstabe – Bild. Studien zur Entstehung der historisierten Initiale im 8. und 9. Jahrhundert, Berlin: Reimer, 1998; Buchmalerei. Ihre Terminologie in der Kunstgeschichte, Berlin: Reimer, 2nd edn 1997.

Thursday, 9 December, local time (EET), live on Zoom (link)

Dragoș Calma, Editing Medieval texts

Dragoș Calma is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin. He obtained a BA in philosophy from UBB-Cluj, and a PhD in medieval philosophy from the Sorbonne (Paris IV). His publications include: Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes (ed.), Leiden: Brill, 2 vols, 2019-2020; Neoplatonism in the Middle Ages: New Commentaries on ‘Liber de Causis’ and ‘Elementatio Theologica’ (ed.), Turnhout: Brepols, 2016; Études sur le premier siècle de l’averroïsme latin. Approches et textes inédits, Turnhout: Brepols, 2011.

Dotting the ‘i’ in Medieval Manuscripts

Singling out the i‘s, especially when they appear in a series of minims, is a well-known aspect of Gothic manuscripts. However, little attention has been paid to the morphology of the “dots”. The present research explores an extensive corpus of manuscripts (ss. XIII-XV) in an attempt to assess whether such morphological variation is systematic, and chronologically or geographically determined. Can the shapes of “dots” on the i‘s provide a criterion for dating and localising manuscripts?

With the support of research assistants, MA students Carmen Oanea and Andrei Crișan, Adrian Papahagi has analysed over 2000 Gothic manuscripts in search of an answer. The results will be presented at the International Medieval Congress on 7 July 2021.

European Diploma in Medieval Studies-Call for Applications

The Diploma in Medieval Studies, created at Louvain-la-Neuve in 1991 by the Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Etudes Médiévales (FIDEM), is organised in the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme in cooperation with LUMSA University in Rome (erasmuslumsa@lumsa.it). Students coming from universities with an Erasmus+ agreement with LUMSA (this is the case UBB-Cluj) do not have to pay the enrolment fee.

The courses, which are taught in Rome at the Norwegian Institute (https://www.hf.uio.no/dnir/english/), focus on methodology and teaching of auxiliary disciplines: Classical Latin, Medieval Latin, History of Libraries, Palaeography, Codicology, Diplomatic, and Text Editing.

Given the global Covid-19 outbreak, for the academic year 2021-2022 FIDEM has exceptionally decided to provide a partially blended DEEM programme, within which it will be possible to apply for both an in-class and an online course.

The in-class programme will be subject to the Covid-19 health measures issued by the Italian Government and, as the situation is almost certain to progressively stabilise, it will be provided only from 10 January 2022, starting with Medieval Latin I and continuing according to schedule (https://fidemweb.org/project/deem-2021-2022/).

The online programme, instead, will cover all the courses, starting on 25 October 2021 with  Italian I which is an optional course

A minimum of 6 participants is required for the course to start.

Attendance (both in-class and online) can take three forms: annual (60 ECTS), modular (30 ECTS), and personalised (2 or 4 ECTS).

The prerequisite for admission to the Diploma is a bachelor’s degree in one of the humanities

General coordination is by Doctor Massimiliano Lenzi (Sapienza, Università di Roma) (deem@fidemweb.org).

Click on the image below to apply:

‘Anglo-Saxon and Alemannic Traditions of Boethius’ at Oxford/UCL

On May 25th, 2021, Adrian Papahagi will give a paper on ‘Anglo-Saxon and Alemannic traditions of Boethius’s De Consolatione Philosophiae’ at an online symposium organised by the University of Oxford and University College London.

Full programme:

Rethinking English Literary Culture in the Age of Alfred: An Online Symposium

Monday April 26th
10.00 GMT (=11.00 British Summer Time), second screening 18.00 GMT (=19.00 British Summer Time)
Keynote: Malcolm Godden, ‘Why Did the English Switch from Verse to Prose?’

11.30 GMT (=12.30 BST), second screening 19.30 GMT (20.30 BST) – will follow on from the recording of the keynote
Christine Rauer, ‘Old English Prose before Alfred: The Mercian Dimension’
Susan Irvine, ‘Decorum and the Idea of an English Aureate Style in the Dialogues

David Johnson, ‘Eschatology in the Old English Dialogues

Wednesday April 28th, 10.00 GMT (=11.00 BST), second screening 18.00 GMT (=19.00 BST)
Daniel Anlezark, ‘The Old English Pastoral Care: Assessing the Evidence’
Greg Waite, ‘The Old English Bede: Some Reflections on Origins and Text’

Georgina Pitt, ‘Vibrant Matter: The Persuasive Agency of the Alfred Jewel’

Tuesday May 25th, 16.00 GMT (=17.00 BST), second screening Wednesday May 26th, 09.00 GMT (=10.00 BST)
Adrian Papahagi, ‘Anglo-Saxon and Alemannic Traditions of Boethius’s De Consolatione Philosophiae

Karmen Lenz, ‘Refrains and Frame Lines: Patterns in Sung Verse in the Consolatio and the Old English Boethius
Robert Gallagher, ‘Rethinking Latin in the Age of Alfred’

Tuesday June 29th, 17.00 GMT (=18.00 BST), second screening Wednesday June 30th, 09.00 GMT (10.00 BST)
Michael Treschow, ‘Ease and Unease in the Old English Boethius and Soliloquies
Erica Weaver, ‘Naked Thought: Touching Wisdom in the Old English Soliloquies’ Leslie Lockett, ‘The Old English Soliloquies and Scholarship in the Reign of Athelstan’

Tuesday September 28th, 17.00 GMT (=18.00 BST), second screening Wednesday September 29th, 09.00 GMT (=10.00 BST)
Jane Toswell, ‘The Psalms in the Ninth Century’
Emily Butler, ‘Reading the Prose Psalms in an Age of Populism’

Stephanie Clark, ‘Alfred and the Economics of Personhood’

Tuesday October 12th 17.00 GMT (=18.00), second screening Wednesday October 13th, 09.00 GMT (=10.00 BST)
Emily Kesling, ‘Writing-in Alfred in Tenth-Century Winchester’
Rosalind Love, ‘Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 206 and its Implications’

Tuesday October 26th, 15.00 GMT (= 16.00 BST), second screening Wednesday October 27th, 09.00 GMT (=10.00 BST)
Omar Khalaf, ‘Ælfred se casere: Kingship and Imperial Legitimation in the Old English Orosius

Hal Momma, ‘Monarchy, the Three Estates, and Beer: Alfred and Alfredian Political Philosophy’

Tuesday November 16th, 17.00 GMT (second screening Wednesday November 17th, 09.00 GMT)
Courtnay Konshuh, ‘The Compilation of MS A: An Exemplar Revised’
Anya Adair, ‘King Alfred’s Domboc and the Invention of English Legal Time’

Tomás Kalmar, ‘Si recte non dividas, peccas: On the coherence of Asser’s final chapters’

Tuesday November 30th, 17.00 GMT (second screening Wednesday December 1st, 09.00 GMT)
Nicole Discenza, ‘Alfredian geographies’
Elizabeth Tyler and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, ‘Looking East and West: Contextualising Vernacular Writing in Alfred’s Time’ [double paper]

Tuesday December 7th 17.00 GMT (second screening Wednesday December 8th, 09.00 GMT)
Mercedes Salvador-Bello, ‘The Exeter Book and the Transmission of Poetic Anthologies in the (Post-)Alfredian Period’

Helen Appleton, ‘The Proverbs of Alfred and Legacies of Educational Reform’

Fragmentarium Conference by Adrian Papahagi

On Friday, 26 March 2021, at 16:00 CET/17:00 EET, Adrian Papahagi will give the next Fragmentarium conference on the topic:

“Evidence Preserved by Destruction: Recycling Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Transylvania during the (Counter)Reformation”

Please register at this link:

Future Fragmentarium conferences:

  • 23 April 2021: Dr. David Rundle (Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent): Neil Ker and the tradition of studying fragments in the UK
  • 28 May 2021: Dr. Jennifer Bain (Dalhousie University) and Dr. Debra Lacoste (Cantus Database, The Institute of Medieval Music, University of Waterloo): “Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission (DACT): A Case Study of Two Fragments from the Binding of the Riesencodex”

Former conferences recorded at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi-dRazqsoIDhr_QVbzIBjg

LE: The conference can now be watched here.

Balázs J. Nemes Curates Exhibition on Dominican Books

CODEX member, Dr Balázs J. Nemes is one of the curators of an exhibition on the medieval books of the Dominican sisters from Freiburg.

The exhibition is entitled

Handschriften und Frühdrucke aus dem Freiburger Dominikanerinnenkloster Adelhausen

and can be visited at the City Museum of Freiburg im Breisagau between 13 March and 13 June 2021, and online here:

DEEM Students on Fragmentarium

Nine MA and PhD students described manuscript fragments from the Academy Library in Cluj. The young researchers come from various European universities (Barcellona, Castilla-La Mancha, Cluj, Fribourg, Krakow, Sevilla, Torún, Venice), and are enrolled in the Diplôme Européen d’Études Médiévales, organised by the Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Médiévales (FIDEM). This activity is part of the Codicology I course, given by Adrian Papahagi, director of CODEX.

On Monday, 8 March 2021, Dr William Duba (Univ. of Fribourg), the manager of Fragmentarium, introduced the students to Fragmentarium and fragmentology.

The students’ work has been published on Fragmentarium, and can be consulted at the following links:

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-ryor – César Quijano

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-jgz6 – Francesco Binotto

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-4ooa – Sergi Rexach Camps

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-r52f – Jordi Bossoms

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-mlcm – Sandes Dindar

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-cwel – Marcin Jan Janecki

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-6zz3 – Zdzisław Koczarski

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-7uts – Antonio Sánchez González

https://fragmentarium.ms/overview/F-aqny – Ioan-Andrei Crișan

Becoming BAR, Fragm. Cod. Lat. 12

Here is the passage from the unidentified wrapper of a book printed in 1520 to Cluj, Biblioteca Academiei Române (BAR), Fragm. Cod. Lat. 12, a beautiful twelfth-century fragment from a copy of Otto of Freising’s Chronicle.

The fragment has been restored and digitised at the National Unity Museum in Alba Iulia, and has been published on Fragmentarium.

The printed book has also been restored, and rebound in leather. Both items now stand prepared to face the coming centuries.

Boethian Manuscripts in the Early Middle Ages

On Friday, February 5th 2021, at 2 pm CET (3pm Romanian time), Adrian Papahagi will give a conference on the tradition of Boethius in the Early Middle Ages:

Latin and Vernacular Traditions of Boethius’ De Consolatione Philosophiae in the Early Middle Ages

The conference is organised by the ERC Neoplat grant – Medieval Thought in Context: Convergent Approaches (Year 2), organised by Dragos Calma and Iulia Székely, in partnership with CODEX.

In order to register and to get your Zoom codes, please contact liz.curry@ucd.ie.

Later edit: The recorded conference can be watched here:

CODEX contributes to Fragmentarium

By December 2020, eleven manuscript fragments from the Library of the Romanian Academy in Cluj have been digitised and described on Fragmentarium. Check them out here!

Fragmentarium, based at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), “enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish images of medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them.”

Dr Adrian Papahagi is a co-principal investigator in the Fragmentarium-Phase II project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) between 2019 and 2022.

Conference on Liturgical Manuscripts in Bratislava

On 8 October 2020, Dr Adrian Papahagi gave a paper on “Liturgy and Private Devotion in Medieval Transylvania” at an international conference held in Bratislava and online.



8th-9th October 2020, University Library in Bratislava, Klariská ul. 5, 811 05 Bratislava

DAY 1 (8. 10. 2020) : https://video.nti.sk/conn/?i=2829&t=c056a2539549ea0da13b 

DAY 2 (9. 10. 2020) : https://video.nti.sk/conn/?i=2830&t=15bdd1796580065ffb9e

8th October 2020

9:00 – 9:20         Registration

9:20 – 9:30        Opening ceremony 

Klara Mészárosová (Bratislava, University Library in Bratislava)

9:30 – 10:00      Keynote Speaker

Dušan Buran (Bratislava): A Late-Gothic Grisaille Manuscript discovered: The Ilona Andrássy Book of Hours/Ein Fund der spätgotischen Grisaille-Handschrift: Das Stundenbuch von Ilona Andrássy

10:00 – 10:20

Maria Theisen (Vienna): Vorsehung und Antike als Stützen christlicher Frömmigkeit: Das Bild der Sibyllen im Prachtmissale der Salzburger Erzbischöfe Bernhard von Rohr und Johannes Beckenschlage

10:20 – 10:40

Juraj Šedivý (Bratislava): Medieval piety in the epigraphic culture in Slovakia 

Coffee break 1     10:40 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:20

Adrian Papahagi (Cluj): Liturgy and Private Devotion in Medieval Transylvania

11:20 – 11:40

Stanislava Kuzmová (Bratislava): Manuscript Model Sermon Collections from Krakow and Their Diffusion in the Late Middle Ages 

11:40 – 12:00

Miklos István Földváry (Budapest): Continuity and Discontinuity in Local Liturgical Customs

Lunch break12:00 – 13:30

13:30 – 13:50

Stefan Gasch (Vienna): The Songs of the Lions and the Prayers of the Lillies – Discovering the Piety of the Elites in Munich and Augsburg

13:50 – 14:10

Vladimír Maňas (Brno): Gaude Virgo: Marian piety in late middle ages and the early modern
period. Brotherhoods, graduals, and liturgical practice in Moravia

14:10 – 14:30

Hana Studeničová (Bratislava): Polyphone Fragmente von Ordinarium und Proprium Missae aus dem Archiv der Stadt Bratislava: Ein Versuch um Rekonstruktion der historischen Ereignisse in der Geschichte eines Musikmanuskripts

Coffee break 2      14:30 – 14:40

14:40 – 15:00

Rastislav Luz (Bratislava): Liturgické slávenia v mestečku Svätý Jur do reformácie/ Liturgical celebrations in Svätý Jur at the end of the Middle Ages

15:00 – 15:20

Ondřej Múčka (Brno): Die Verehrung der Heiligen – gesungene Ikonographie – in den brünnischen Handschriften 

15:20 – 15:40

Rastislav Adamko – Janka Bednáriková – Zuzana Zahradníková (Ružomberok): Votive Mass in Missale Notatum, Ms. Vol. 387, from the Central Library of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava


9th October 2020

9:30 – 9:50

Elsa De Luca (Lisbon): Aquitanian Notation in Iberia: Plainchant Fragments in Braga and Guimarães

9:50 – 10:10

Zsuzsa Czagány (Budapest): Böhmische notierte Fragmente im Bestand der ehemaligen Pauliner Bibliothek des Zentralen Priesterseminars in Budapest

10:10 – 10:30

Irina Chachulska (Warsaw): Some remarks on the provenance of the Cistercian gradual from the collection of the National Library based on paleographic analysis and the repertoire content of the manuscript

Coffee break 1      10:30 – 10:40

10:40 – 11:00

Gabriella Gilányi (Budapest): Newly identified codex leaves of a 15th-century Transylvanian Antiphoner in Martin

11:00 – 11:20

Katarina Šter (Ljubljana): Carthusian Chant as Piety in the Form of Active Contemplation

11:20 – 11:40

Dominika Grabiec (Warsaw): Polish Dominican Sequences repertoire – an image of the development of medieval piety

Lunch break      11:40 – 13:30

13:30 – 13:50

Martin Haltrich (Klosterneuburg): Der fromme Markgraf. Die Genese der Herrscherfrömmigkeit Leopolds III. im mittelalterlichen Klosterneuburg.

13:50 – 14:10

Veronika Garajová (Bratislava): Medieval notated fragments from Trenčín as a phenomenon of trans-regional connections

14:10 – 14:30

Janka Bednáriková – Eva Veselovská (Ružomberok – Bratislava):  CANTUS PLANUS in Slovakia: Local Elements – Transregional Connections. Image of piety on the example of the medieval fragments from Betliar and Kežmarok/ Die Frömmigkeit im Spiegel der mittelalterlichen Musikfragmente aus Betliar und Kesmark 


Conference Presentations 


Miriam Hlavačková (Bratislava):  Ad limina apostolorum. Rom-Pilger aus dem Königreich Ungarn im Spätmittelalter

Katrin Janz-Wenig (Hamburg): Gelebte Frömmigkeit zwischen Predigt und Liturgie. Ein Einblick in die Frömmigkeitspraxis der Augustiner-Chorfrauen in Klosterneuburg im letzten Jahrzehnt des 15. Jahrhunderts.

CODEX publications in libraries worldwide

We are so glad that the reference works we published are available in the world’s leading libraries.

Above: Vocabularul cărții manuscrise next to other codicological vocabularies on the shelves of the Palaeography Reading Room, Special Collections, Senate House Library, London.

Below: Manuscrisele medievale occidentale din România: Census, at the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

Manuscript fragments from Cluj restored in Alba Iulia

The first group of medieval manuscript fragments from the Library of the Romanian Academy in Cluj included in the FRAGMED project have been restored by the team led by Dr Alexandru Știrban at the National Unity Museum in Alba Iulia.

The teams from Cluj (Dr Codruța Cuceu, Dr Bogdan Crăciun, and Dr Adrian Papahagi) and from Alba Iulia (Dr Alexandru Știrban, Ms Maria Cernea) were joined by CODEX member, Dr Cristian Mladin, curator of special collections at the Batthyaneum Library in Alba Iulia.

The meeting turned into a friendly informal seminar on the restoration, study, and digitisation of medieval manuscript fragments.

Alfredian Texts and Contexts Conference-Programme


Anniversary edition, celebrating 100 years

of English Studies at the University of Cluj




11:30-13:00 | Sala Popovici, Facultatea de Litere

Moderator: Adrian Papahagi

Jay Paul Gates (City University of New York) – The Alfredian Prose Psalms and a Legal English Identity

Sharon M. Rowley (Christopher Newport University) – Bishop Lyfing, Crediton, and Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 41

Tiffany Beechy (University of Colorado, Boulder) – Mashups and Marginalia: A Shadow Manuscript in the Margins of CCCC 41?

13:00-14:30         Lunch

15-16:30 | Sala Shakespeare, Facultatea de Litere

Keynote: Susan Irvine (University College London)All that Glitters: Werferth’s Dialogues and the Construction of an English Aureate Style

16:30-17              Coffee Break

17-19 | Sala Popovici

Moderator: Sharon M. Rowley

Hilary Fox (Wayne State University) – Monastic Fosterage in the Old English Boethius

Karmen Lenz (Middle Georgia State University) – Calcidius and Boethius on the Soul: Medieval Readings of the Timaeus

Adrian Papahagi (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj) – Glosses and “Glossenglossierung” in the Continental and Anglo-Saxon Traditions of Boethius’s De Consolatione Philosophiae

Rosalind Love (University of Cambridge) – Reading Boethius in Tenth-Century Canterbury

The conference was followed by a trip to the Alba Iulia, Sibiu, and Cisnădioara.

The Census of Medieval Manuscripts presented at UBB Cluj

Our latest publication will be presented at the Faculty of Letters of the Babeș-Bolyai University. The three authors, CODEX members Andreea Mârza, Adinel Dincă and Adrian Papahagi will be joined by Prof. Corin Braga, the dean of the Faculty of Letters, and Prof. Alexander Baumgarten, the director of Polirom’s Biblioteca medievală series.

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 12:00 | Room Popovici, Faculty of Letters

Conference and book presentation in Iași

On 20 March 2019, Adrian Papahagi is giving a conference on Western medieval manuscripts in Romania. The latest publication of CODEX will be presented by Professors Eugen Munteanu and Florin Crîșmăreanu from the University of Iași.

The event moderated by Dr Rodica Pop will be hosted by the Central University Library, and will start at 12:00 in Room Hasdeu.

A Census of Western Medieval Manuscripts in Romania

We are happy to announce the publication of the first census of Western medieval manuscripts in Romania. The volume, produced by CODEX members Adrian Papahagi, Adinel Dincă, and Andreea Mârza, describes 515 items — many of them for the first time. The volume has a rich system of indices, including authors and texts, provenance (places and owners), scribes, languages, and dating. Musical and illuminated manuscripts are singled out in the indices.

The census describes manuscripts from the following collections:

Alba Iulia, Batthyaneum Library [1-301]; Brașov, Archives of the Evangelical Church C.A. [302-309], National Archives [310-312]; Bucharest, National Archives [313-315], Library of the Romanian Academy [316-335], National Library of Romania [336-341], Library of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchy [342], National History Museum [343], National Art Museum [344-345]; Cisnădie, Evangelical Church C.A. [346-357]; Cluj, Central University Library [358-379], Library of the Romanian Academy [380-396]; Gheorgheni, Roman Catholic Parish [397]; Mediaș, Evangelical Church C.A. [398-399]; Miercurea Ciuc, Szekely Museum of Ciuc [400-403]; Odorheiu Secuiesc, Roman Catholic Parish [404]; Sfântu Gheorghe, National Szekely Museum [405]; Sibiu, Central Archives of the Evangelical Church C.A. [406-423], National Archives [424-432], The Brukenthal Museum Library [433-504]; Sighișoara, “Zaharia Boiu” Documentary Library [505], Evangelical Church C.A. [506-507]; Târgu Mureș, Teleki-Bolyai Library [508-513]; Timișoara, National Archives [514-515].

The book can be ordered here.

Manuscripts of Charlemagne’s Court School

The Stadtbibliothek Trier organised a conference on the deluxe liturgical books produced at the Court School of Charlemagne. Dr Adrian Papahagi spoke about the Lorsch Gospels (Alba Iulia, Batthyaneum Library, MS II.1 & Vatican, Pal. lat. MS 50), the last product of the group.

The conference programme was:

Mittwoch, 10. Oktober

Nachmittags: Gelegenheit zu Führungen durch die Stadt, die Schatzkammer oder die Museen für bereits angereiste Gäste

Abends, 18:00 : Eröffnung der Tagung (Lesesaal, Stadtbibliothek Trier)

Grußworte und Einführung in die Tagung Festvortrag: Prof. Dr. Joachim-Felix Leonhard (Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission, Vorsitzender des Nominierungskomitees)

Weinempfang, anschließend Abendessen in eigener Regie

Donnerstag, 11. Oktober (Lesesaal)

Sektion I: Handschriften der Hofschule im Einzelporträt

8.30-9.00 : Michael Embach, Das Ada-Evangeliar – Kodex und Einband

9.00-9.30 : Ilka Mestemacher, Images of Architecture and Materials: the Miniatures of the Soissons Gospels

9.30-10.00 : William Diebold, „Not pictures but writing was sent for the understanding of our faith“: Word and Image in the Soissons Gospels and at the Court of Charlemagne

10.00-10.30 : Adrian Papahagi, The Lorsch Gospels in Context

10.30-11.00: Kaffeepause

Sektion II: Aspekte der Kunstgeschichte

11.00-11.30 : Heather Pulliam, „Tabulis lapideis“: representing evangelists and their books in Insular, Byzantine and Carolingian manuscripts

11.30-12.00 : Peter Seiler, Die Legitimität (bild-)künstlerischer ornamenta in den Libri Carolini

12.00-12.30 : Fabrizio Crivello: Eine neue Antike. Phänomene einer kreativen Rezeption

12.30-14.00 : Mittagspause

14.00-14.30 : Beate Fricke / Theresa Holler, Flora und Fauna im Bildrahmen – Effekt und Repräsentation. Zur Naturvorstellung bei Hrabanus Maurus

14.30-15.00 : Christine Jakobi-Mirwald, „Is your picture really necessary?“ -Die historisierten Initialen der Hofschule

15.00-15.30 : Matthias Exner, Das strukturelle Verhältnis der Hofschule zum Wiener Krönungsevangeliar

Sektion III: Das Umfeld der Hofschule

15.30-16.00 : Laura Pani, Outside the Court School: Scribes, books and writing centers of Charlemagne’s Age

16.00-16.30 Uhr: Kaffeepause

16.30-17.00 : Dietrich Lohrmann, Der Codex oblongus von Lukrez‘ De natura rerum am Hof Karls des Großen

17.00-17.30 : Philippe Depreux, Ein Zeuge der Verbreitung und Rezeption von juristischen und auf die Rechtspraxis bezogenen Texten in Saint-Martin bei Tours: die Handschrift Warsaw, Biblioteca Uniwerstecka,1

17.30-18.00 : Stephanie Westphal, Ubi sunt imagines? Zu den karolingischen Handschriften aus dem Kloster Weißenburg und ihrer Bildausstattung

19.00 : Empfang der Aufsichts- und Dienstleistungsdirektion Trier, Rokokosaal

20.00 : Gemeinsames Abendessen auf Einladung der Veranstalter

Freitag, 12. Oktober, Fortsetzung der Tagung (Lesesaal)

Sektion IV: Produktions- und Wirkungsgeschichte der Hofschule:

8.30-9.00 : Lawrence Nees, Antique and pseudo-Antique in manuscripts from the time of Charlemagne

9.00-9.30 : Patrizia Carmassi, Zwischen Hof und Schule: Wandel in Wahrnehmung, Benutzung und Kommentierung von Terenz‘ Komödien

9.30-10.00 : Andrea Antonio Verardi, The Liber Pontificalis in the age of Charlemagne and the use of the ancient lives of the popes at the Carolingian Court School

10.00-10.30 : Kaffeepause

10.30-11.00 : Charlotte Denoel, Is Carolingian Art Contemporary? Dialogue between Rabanus Maurus’s Praise of the Holy Cross and some artistic trends in the 1960s and 1970s and beyond

11.00-11.30 : Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck, Zur „Soziographie“ der Maler und Schreiber der Hofschule

11.30-12.00 : David Ganz, Die karolingische Minuskel in den Handschriften der Hofschule

12.00-12.30 : Christoph Winterer, Die Miniatur im (karolingischen) Zeitalter ihrer Reproduzierbarkeit? Beobachtungen und Überlegungen zu den Handschriften der Hofschule

Sektion V: Liturgie und Musik

12.30-13.00 : Uhr: Jean-François Goudesenne, Did the Carolingians achieve the Cantus Renovatio before 814? The impropable notated Antiphoner of Charlemagne

13.00-14.00 : Mittagspause

14.00-14.30 : Iegor Reznikoff, The meaning of Cantus Romanus in Charlemagne’s Court instructions

14.30-15.00 : Susan Rankin, Reflections of Musical Practice in Court School Manuscripts

15.00-15.30 : Arthur Westwell, The Carolingian Conception and Contemporary Construction of Liturgical Authority and the Court School Manuscripts

15:30 : Abschluss / Ende der Tagung

CODEX members at bibliology conference in Cluj

On October 6th, 2017, the members of the CODEX centre involved in the TE 1795 project gave papers to the sixteenth conference of bibliology organised by the Library of the Romanian Academy, Cluj.

Dr Adinel Dincă talked about dating and loocalising the Altemberger Codex; Dr Adrian Papahagi discussed the decoration of liturgical manuscripts from medieval Transylvania, and Dr Cristian Ispir discussed the making of the Magna Carta.

Codicology Course in Rome

Between 27 February and 10 March 2017, Dr Adrian Papahagi taught a course of Codicology in Rome. Students from Austria, Norway, Romania, Spain and the United States, enrolled in the Diplôme Européen d’Études Médiévales (DEEM) learnt how to describe medieval manuscripts. We spent a week working with manuscripts at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, and took a field trip to the Umbrian city of Bevagna to see how paper was made in the Middle Ages.

Conference about lost medieval libraries

Adrian Papahagi gave a paper on the “Lost Medieval and Renaissance Libraries of Transylvania” at a conference on Medieval and Renaissance Lost Libraries organised at the University of London, Senate House, on 12 July 2014.

The research was supported by a grant from the Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania (GTC 34019/2013).

LE: The conference paper was published as ‘Lost Libraries and Surviving Manuscripts: The Case of Medieval Transylvania’, in Library & Information History 31 (2015), 35-53.

The Codicological Vocabulary in Romanian

In its first congress, held in Paris in 1953, the Comité International de Paléographie Latine decided to produce an international codicological vocabulary. The task was assigned to Denis Muzerelle, who published his Vocabulaire codicologique in 1985. An Italian version, enriched by many additions, was published by Marilena Maniaci in 1996, and the landscape was completed by Spanish and Catalan translations. Our Romanian version of the international codicological vocabulary was published in 2013 by the Romanian Academy Press.

The French version is available online HERE.