Digital Froissart

Froissart (in the green) with his patron Gui de Châtillon, count of Blois.The Royal Armoury at Leeds has an exhibit about the Hundred Years’ War prominently featuring The Chronicles of Agincourt surviror, John Froissart.

Not only is there a rare and beautifully illuminated original manuscript of Froissart’s Chronicles on exhibit, but they have cutting-edge high-resolution photographs of six of the surviving manuscripts. This is a big deal because it allows people everywhere to view the details of works that are extremely fragile and therefore kept in careful seclusion accessible to few experts.

There are a lot of other great features too, like a calligraphy expert doing demonstrations of medieval manuscripting, weapons that match ones Froissart describes, even a Capture the Castle videogame created from one of Froissart’s stories.

Entry is free, you lucky English bastards, so head to Leeds toot sweet.

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Comment by Clutch
2007-12-29 20:37:30

I love that OSU link!

Man, the internet is cool. Just yesterday I wouldn’t have known a reader of Froissart, and now I are one!

Comment by livius drusus
2007-12-29 21:22:33

Isn’t that fantastic? I love the OSU collection because they take the trouble to format the books all pretty-like. Everywhere else eschews pagination and makes the footnotes a total pain in the ass to follow.

The world is a better place today (although technically, you did know a reader of Froissart yesterday: moi même!).

Comment by Clutch
2007-12-30 12:57:30

Alas for the lack of a savoir/connaitre in English! I knew you, a Froissart reader, but I didn’t know that you were a Froissart reader.

You wanna go “technically”? Because I’m there.

Comment by livius drusus
2007-12-30 13:24:42

Oh, I think you passed there years ago.

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