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  • Peter Stokes


The Digital Resource for Palaeography (DigiPal) is a project funded by the European Research Council that brings digital technology to bear on scholarly discussion of medieval handwriting. At its heart are hundreds of commissioned photographs of eleventh-century Anglo-Saxon script from the major manuscript collections in the world, with detailed descriptions of the handwriting, the textual content, and the wider manuscript or documentary context.

Taking advantage of advancements in digital research, as well as developing new technologies, DigiPal offers innovative ways of interrogating and interacting with the material. DigiPal intends to showcase the benefits of digitally assisted palaeography, opening up new possibilities for the study of scripts, scribes, and manuscripts.

The DigiPal project ended on 30 September 2014, but the framework was developed further as part of the AHRC-funded Models of Authority and Conqueror's Commissioners projects, so it is possible to see updates reflected on the project site as well as work progresses there.

From the website (accessed 2020-11-14):

DigiPal is a new resource for the study of medieval handwriting, particularly that produced in England during the years 1000–1100, the time of Æthelred, Cnut and William the Conqueror. It is designed to allow you to see samples of handwriting from the period and to compare them with each other quickly and easily.

It currently contains:

  • 1675 records of manuscripts and charters
  • 986 manuscript images
  • 63880 images of letters (graphs)
  • 1477 records of scribal hands

Funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), it is based at the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London.

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