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Latin Manuscripts

Latin Manuscripts

 

The collection of over 500 Latin manuscripts includes works of outstanding importance, both textually and for their illumination. They span from the 7th century to the 19th, and the range of subjects is also very wide, with biblical, liturgical, patristic, theological, historical, legal, philosophical and scientific texts.

The earlier manuscripts are overwhelmingly religious in nature, and most of the major monastic centres of manuscript production are well represented. There are also numerous examples of the later output of secular workshops in Italy, France, Flanders and England, which catered for the requirements of the universities, legal systems and wealthy private patrons.