Material for medieval historians
Medieval archives, books and sources
Durham University has particularly rich collections of medieval manuscripts and early books, as well access to a wide range of electronic and printed sources.
Archives and books in the University Libraries
- Rich holdings in medieval manuscripts and incunables covering topics such as politics, theology, literature, law, history and art, and including breviaries, books of hours, missals and graduals.
- Microfilms of manuscripts and books formerly owned by Durham Cathedral Priory
- Digitised manuscript books from Durham Cathedral Library and Archive
- Durham Cathedral Muniments
- Records of the Palatinate of Durham
We have a wide range of electronic bibliographic, reference and full-text resources including the Dictionary of Old English, Old English Corpus, the Monumenta Germania Historica, the Patrologia Latinae Database and Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire. We also have most medieval and early modern episcopal registers on microfilm.
Other Libraries and Archives
Durham Cathedral Library
Manuscripts dating from the sixth century on theology, music, history, travel and art in the Library of Durham cathedral. The archive of the cathedral is in the care of the University, at 5 The College, but the Cathedral Library houses an unrivalled collection of medieval book manuscripts and a series of special collections. Catalogues of these can be found at Palace Green Library, as well as at the Cathedral Library. A growing number of the medieval manuscripts are now available online as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project