Abbey Library of St. Gall now online

This is soooo cool. When we took our paleography courses in Toronto one of the libraries to which constant reference was made was the famed library of St. Gall, in Switzerland. Now there is word that the same library is working on putting many of their precious manuscripts on-line. Currently, about 20 are viewable, via a well put-together site (existing in German, French, English, and Italian). The site boasts:

  • high resolution of digital images
  • entire manuscripts
  • manuscript descriptions and many search options
  • accessible in German, French, English and Italian

Click here to get a peek. You can read the Rule of St. Benedict in a splendid 9th century hand, or even a Bible from around 760 a.d.! A splendid site.


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).