Virtual Scriptorium St. Matthias

Digitization and Virtual Reconstruction of the Medieval Library

St. Matthias Trier Skriptorium

Project Management: Prof. apl. Dr. Michael Embach  (Wissenschaftliche Bibliothek der Stadt Trier) · Wissenschaftliche Bibliothek der Stadt Trier · Prof Dr Claudine Moulin  (Universität Trier - Germanistik (Ältere deutsche Philologie)) · Universität Trier - Trier Center for Digital Humanities (TCDH) · Prof. Dr. Andrea Rapp  (Technische Universität Darmstadt – Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (linglit)) · Technische Universität Darmstadt – Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (linglit)

Project Participants: Wissenschaftliche Bibliothek der Stadt Trier · Technische Universität Darmstadt – Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (linglit) · Bibliothek des Bischöflichen Priesterseminars Trier · Benediktinerabtei St. Matthias

Sponsors: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

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Contact person (TCDH): Prof Dr Claudine Moulin; Dr Thomas Burch


Michael Embach/ Claudine Moulin/ Andrea Rapp: Die mittelalterliche Bibliothek als digitaler Wissensraum: Zur virtuellen Rekonstruktion der Bibliothek von Trier-St. Matthias, in: Ralf Plate/ Martin Schubert (Hgg.): Mittelhochdeutsch. Beiträge zur Überlieferung, Sprache und Literatur, Berlin 2022, 486-497.

Claudine Moulin: Glossieren – kulturhistorische und mediale Kontexte. In: Rolf Bergmann/ Stefanie Stricker (Hgg.): Glossenstudien. Ergebnisse der neuen Forschung. Heidelberg 2020, 337-347.

Research Area: Software Systems and Research Infrastructure, Digital Literary and Cultural Studies, Digital Edition and Lexicography

Keywords: Manuscripts, Virtual Reconstruction of dislocated Stocks


Website of the Project: St. Matthias Trier virtual Scriptorium

In a project in collaboration with the Trier City Library, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the stock of medieval texts in St. Matthias' library was reconstructed. More than 400 manuscripts – among them the famous Treverian Apocalypse and manuscripts by Hildegard of Bingen – have been digitised by the Centre for Digital Humanities.

In the Middle Ages, the Benedictine abbey St. Matthias (St. Eucharius) in Trier was among the most important Benedictine abbeys on German soil. Its origins reach back into pre-Benedictine times. In the middle of the fifth century a coemetarial church was built on an old Roman cemetery in the south of Trier. The resident community of clerics, who have lived under the rule of St. Benedict since the end of the tenth century, have remained there with few interruptions until the present day. The library and the scriptorium of the monastery offer unique possibilities to reconstruct the spiritual life of a community which had a considerable influence on culture in the middle of Europe.

All digital representations were collected in the database "Manuscripta mediaevalia", and thus are available independently and free of charge on the web. Moreover, the scans are linked with the available manuscript annotations. Such linking of original documents and secondary information allows for extensive scientific examination of the stock of texts.


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