to mediaeval manuscripts in
Wallonia - Brussels
Searching for a manuscript
Using the search form
- Enter at least three letters in the chosen field(s). Avoid concatenations such as space – hyphen – comma, which can modify the result
- If the database contains the elements entered, a list will instantly appear on the screen. Click on the desired result in the list then click on the “search” button, in red.
- The number of manuscripts that correspond to your search is indicated at the top of the results page. Each element found constitutes a hyperlink which is linked to the complete notice of each manuscript in question. This active interface is made up of the following elements: class mark • title and/or generic term • name of the establishment • town.
- To return to the results page, click on the “back” button at the top of the manuscript notice.
We strongly advise you to use the PDF documents available at the bottom of this page in order to optimise your search, i.e.:
- the directory of authors
- the directory of generic terms, titles and keywords
- the directory of provenances
- the glossary of technical terms
The simpler your search (limited to one search field), the more successful the result will be.
Definitions of the descriptive fields
Six categories of information relate to the manuscripts described in our system:
- Contents of the manuscript (author, title)
- Material description of the manuscript (format, medium, number of folios, language(s), presence of miniatures, etc.)
- History of the manuscript (date, origin, provenance, etc.)
- Additional information that is not included in the above-mentioned categories
- Sources used for the description (bibliographic references, physical observation of the manuscript, information provided by a third party)
- Author, corrector and supervisor of the online description
The information was encoded in French and/or in Latin (author, title and incipit).
The description of a manuscript may vary according to its nature and the number of volumes included or not under the same storage class mark.
There are three types of manuscript
Appendix:Répertoire des auteurs1.pdf
Appendix:Répertoire des titres termes génériques
Appendix:Répertoire des provenances1.pdf
- single volume = an author to which one text corresponds (and therefore a title or generic term)
- composite volume = one or more authors to which several texts correspond (and therefore several titles and/or generic terms); in this case, the “contents” category is duplicated in as many copies as is necessary
- miscellaneous = several manuscripts produced in different years, bound in one volume
With the support of the French-Speaking Community of Belgium
With the collaboration of the Royal Library of Belgium
With the participation of Scriptorium/Bulletin Codicologique