BVMM (Bibliothèque Virtuelle des Manuscrits Médiévaux)



Online digital library containing reproductions of more than 15300 medieval manuscripts, either as full reproductions (5200 MSS: in color or in grey level images) or partly reproduced (iconography and decor), from 70 libraries in France and from other countries.

This is a part of the resources available at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, which is in charge of microfilming and digitising all medieval manuscripts in France (except at the National Library) since 1979.

The metadata of the MSS are available in the related online database MEDIUM.


  • Languages: Latin, Old French
  • Dates: 6th-15th century

Institution et contact

Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes

Gilles Kagan, Cyril Masset




Online digital library supported by the French National Library, containing more than 2 millions documents of all sorts (printed books and series, scores, music, etc.), among which Digital Medievalists may find:

  • more than 5441 full reproductions of Western medieval manuscripts (as of April 1st, 2013) from the French National Library
  • descriptions and links to more than 750 Western medieval manuscripts (as of April 1st, 2013) : e-codices (429), BnsA (321), Bibliothèque de Toulouse (15)

The images are freely available and may be use for non-commercial purposes.

There are also many editions of medieval sources (cartularies, literary texts, etc.).


  • Languages: Latin, Old French, English, Greek, German, Italian…
  • Dates: 6th-15th century


Queste del saint Graal



Interactive online digital edition of La Queste del Saint Graal (Quest for the Holy Grail), manuscript Lyon, BM. p.a. 77.

This is a prototype edition based on the TXM platform. It allows visualizing manuscript images, several layers of transcription and translation into modern French. Integrated search engine makes it possible to build concordances of word forms and morphological categories. Editorial principles are explained in a detailed introduction.


  • Languages: Old French
  • Dates: 13th century

Links and references



École normale supérieure de Lyon and ICAR research laboratory


Alexei Lavrentiev