British Library manuscripts: Medieval and Renaissance Women

The British Library last year completed a project digitising and cataloguing manuscripts connected with Medieval and Renaissance Women. The full list has been published and you can download the full list here.

Unfortunately due to the cyber attack on the British Library late last year, the links to the digitized manuscripts do not currently work. An update on how to access material at the British Library can be accessed here.

The good news is that from 25 October 2024 to 2 March 2925, the British Library will be hosting an exhibition entitled Medieval Women: In their Own Words. It will explore women’s lives in Europe from 1100-1500 and will include manuscripts and artefacts related to figures like Joan of Arc, Christine de Pizan, and Shajar Al-Durr.

Meanwhile, those who have institutional access may like to take a look at the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Medieval Women’s Writing in the Global Middle Ages, for which I am co-editor in Chief with Liz Herbert McAvoy and Michelle M. Sauer. So far 95 entries have been published and more are being added on a regular basis. If you are interested in contributing, get in touch: