Leeds University Library

Summary guide to Medieval manuscripts

Detail from a medieval manuscript

Medieval manuscripts held in Special Collections cross three collection boundaries: Brotherton Collection manuscripts, non-Brotherton Collection manuscripts and Ripon Cathedral Library manuscripts.

Medieval manuscripts have been given manuscript [MS] numbers for identification. Manuscripts are in Latin unless otherwise stated. Many of the manuscripts below are described in N.R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, (5 volumes, 1969-2002): Vol. 3 for Brotherton Collection and non-Brotherton Collection manuscripts and Vol. 4 for Ripon Cathedral manuscripts. Half of the bound volumes contain illumination or similar decoration. The illuminated manuscripts can be searched with images on LUDOS.

Further details of medieval manuscripts held at the Library are in the article:

Oliver Pickering and Katja Airaksinen, "The Medieval Manuscripts in Leeds University Library", Bulletin of International Medieval Research, 14 (2008), 3-23.