One of the Cambridge colleges has put its manuscripts online; or rather, has allowed an American university to do it for them. Thanks to the catalogue in the last item, I find that the Parker library at CCC is online here.
The website is a bit useless. What you want is a list of manuscripts and a bunch of PDF’s to download. What you get is one of these airy-fairy-force-the-user-to-do-a-junk-registration, and then badly categorised materials – no search by author, as far as I could see. The most useful access seems to be the browse by title. This gives a single page, from which the alert can pick out the stuff they want. The actual stuff underneath that, for each manuscript, seems normal, if fussy.
But I can’t avoid saying this: how these people love to obtrude themselves between the user and the actual page images! You have to click repeatedly to get an image of a page large enough to read; then the same for the next page, etc. Come on, guys; think of the user for once!
Most of the collection is medieval, lots of it concerned with Old English, some of it stuff by Parker himself. But there’s a copy of part of Orosius there, some stuff by Isidore of Seville, Augustine, Jerome on Ecclesiastes, a sermon by Chrysostom, some Bede, Nennius, Origen on Numbers, letters of Symmachus, and bits of Sulpicius Severus.
Great to have it online, anyway.