Late Medieval English Scribes



Late Medieval English Scribes is an online catalogue of all scribal hands (identified or unidentified) which appear in the manuscripts of the English writings of five major Middle English authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, John Trevisa, William Langland and Thomas Hoccleve.

It is based on a database containing 419 manuscript descriptions, 524 scribal profiles, 16991 images of letter forms, 436 images of manuscript pages

Citation: Mooney, Linne, Simon Horobin, and Estelle Stubbs. Late Medieval English Scribes <>, ISBN 978-0-9557876-6-9, [today’s date].


  • Languages: Middle English
  • Countries: United Kingdom
  • Dates: 1350-1500
  • Names: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, John Trevisa, William Langland, Thomas Hoccleve
  • Disciplines: palaeography, litterature, codicology


  • Linne Mooney
  • Simon Horobin
  • Estelle Stubbs
  • Contact

Suggestions for corrections to the website should be sent to or with the email heading ‘Scribes’.

The Aberdeen Bestiary

This summary has been adapted from the original website:


The Aberdeen Bestiary (Aberdeen University Library MS 24) is considered to be one of the best examples of its type. The manuscript, written and illuminated in England around 1200, is of added interest since it contains notes, sketches and other evidence of the way it was designed and executed.

The entire manuscript has been digitised using Photo-CD technology, thus creating a surrogate, while allowing greater access to the text itself. The digitised version, offering the display of full-page images and of detailed views of illustrations and other significant features, is complemented by a series of commentaries, and a transcription and translation of the original Latin. The Project was independently evaluated.

The site can be found at the following address: