This website offers a view on a dataset collected for the NWO-VIDI Research Project ‘Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages (c. 800-c. 1000)’. The project ran from May 2011 to May 2016. The project team consisted of a Principal Investigator (Mariken Teeuwen), a PostDoc researcher (Irene van Renswoude) and a PhD student (Evina Steinova). The principal aim was to analyze and interpret practices of annotating manuscripts in the early medieval period. For this purpose we collected observations on the annotations found in circa 350 manuscripts dating to the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries.

If you just want to dive into the observations that we collected and structured, then click on the large button ‘Go to the Database’ here on the right. But if you want a quick tour through our ideas, choices and terms and find out about our publications, then you can explore the rest of this site.

On this site you find some explanations of what we created, how we did that and how it works:

Puzzled man in the margin of Munich, BSB, Clm. 6298, fol. 12v
Puzzled man in the margin of Munich, BSB, Clm. 6298, fol. 12v, aptly mirroring our own thoughts about many of the marginal things that we saw