The Forme of Cury

3 12 2009

Medieval English cuisine has been on offer recently at the Rylands. The Forme of Cury, a Middle English cook book in the Rylands collection has been used to create some curious dishes including ‘Tart in Ymber Day’, ‘Compast’ and ‘Frumenty’. The BBC news report can be found here

The full manuscript has been digitised, and is available online here including all the recipes featured and many others.

'Porpays in Broth' (Porpoise)

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New Web based version of LUNA is now live

24 11 2009

This is a vastly improved version, directly accessible via the web, with no need to mess around disabling pop-up blockers or installing software.

One of the great features of LUNA is the “Share This” facility which creates stable URLs, enabling the user to direct others to search results in LUNA.

Explore the Medieval collections online here





NOWAL Digitisation Exchange of Experience

24 11 2009

Our presentation at the NOWAL Digitisation Exchange of Experience can be found below. The PPT was exported using Apple Keynote, so has less functionality than the original Keynote file. The presentation includes an overview of the English MSS project.

 

NOWAL Digitisation Exchange of Experience Presentation





From The Spine

8 10 2009

While photographing some of the manuscripts, I came across a few little surprises. The images are currently being looked at by staff at The Manchester Museum, hopefully they will be able to identify them. Who knows, we may have a 500 year old flattened bug with us!

Seeds From MS 98

Seeds From MS 98

Whole Stem and Seeds from MS 98

Whole Stem and Seeds from MS 98

A Feather from MS 98

A Feather from MS 98

A stem from MS 91

A stem from MS 91

Top Side of a bug from MS 91

Top Side of a bug from MS 91

Under side of the bug from MS 91

Under side of the bug from MS 91

If anyone has any ideas, do let us know!





Siege Of Troy

8 07 2009

MS 1 During Digitisation

MS 1 During Digitisation

 

Rylands English MS 1, The Siege of Troy is a richly decorated manuscript of John Lydgate’s poem detailing the events of the Trojan War.  The gorgeous and beautifully executed illustrations are contemporaneous, depicting a medieval landscape with the Greek and Trojan warriors portrayed as armoured knights.  Most of the illustrations have been identified as being done by an artist stylistically close to William Abell, an important mid-fifteenth century illuminator. The manuscript has now been digitised, and will be available online soon.

MS 1 During Digitisation

MS 1 During Digitisation

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1

Wheel Of Fortune

Wheel Of Fortune

Detail from MS 1

Detail from MS 1





Forme of Cury

19 06 2009
F.53r

F.53r

English Manuscript 7, ‘The Forme of Cury‘ has recently been featuered in a report by the BBC.

The report and a short a overview of the recipie can be found here;

Richard II porpoise recipe online

The Manuscript has been fully cataloged and is available in the image collection.