Parker Library 16II, fol. 182r, by permission of the
Why There is No Singing in Heaven
Dating Resources, Proper Names, and Majuscules
|In 1953, The International Committee on Latin Paleography (http://www.palaeographia.org/cipl/cipl.htm ) started work on the Catalogue of Dated (and Datable) Manuscripts (CMD). These catalogs briefly describe and publish reproductions from manuscripts written at known dates and places from early medieval times to the late sixteenth century. Paleographers who are trying to date manuscripts can look through these catalogs to view scripts, graphs, abbreviations etc. that were used in various areas of medieval Europe. Here is a list of the catalogs: http://www.palaeographia.org/cipl/cmd.htm
Below, you can see an excerpt that was described in the Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.737-1600 in Cambridge Libraries, page 49. The text is from Matthew Paris' Chronica Majora. It was lavishly illustrated with, among other things, a picture of William of Auvergne. Since this manuscript is (at least in part) an autograph copied by Matthew, it must have been written between 1240 and 1259. As you will see, at the top of the page, Matthew gives his manuscript to God, or rather to the Abbey of St. Albans.
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Parker Library 16II, fol. 1r, by permission of the
Master and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.