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  • AM 673 b 4to: The Oldest manuscript of medieval Scandinavia's most prolific poetic form


    20 September is the feast of St. Eustace in the Western Christian calendar and this month’s manuscript commemorates the saint in poetic form, namely the so-called Plácitusdrápa (‘poem with refrains about Placidus (St.»

  • Materiality of Manuscripts


    “Materiality of Manuscripts”: Call for Papers for sponsored sessions at the International Medieval Congress 2019, 1-4 July 2019, University of Leeds, UK. Sponsor: Arnamagnæan Institute, University of Copenhagen,»

  • Summer School in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies


    The Arnamagnæan Institute organises an annual summer school in manuscript studies in cooperation with the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Reykjavík and the National and University Library of Iceland. It»

  • Priceless manuscripts on loan to Iceland


    Yesterday two manuscripts from the Arnamagnæan Manuscript Collection were flown to Iceland, where they will be on display in the exhibition Lífsblómið - Fullveldi Íslands í 100 ár (Blossoming - Iceland’s 100 Years as a»

  • Modern technology casts new light on old manuscripts


    One of the treasures of the Arnamagnaean Collection is the manuscript AM 468 4to, which dates from the beginning of the fourteenth century and is known by the nickname Reykjabók (‘the book of Reykir’). It contains the»

  • Sad remains of once proud books


    Árni Magnússon made an effort to preserve every manuscript he could, even fragments. Among others AM 567 4to which is a collection of texts from medieval Icelandic romances called riddarasögur. Collections such as these»

  • While we wait for Game of Thrones


    Who needs Iron Thrones and dragon queens, when you have manuscripts from the 15th century? Dwarf kings, crystal palaces, murderous dinner parties and an enchanting rose garden; this month’s manuscript, AM 32 fol., has it»

  • A Scribe’s Favourite Exemplum?


    AM 578 i 4to is an Icelandic paper manuscript, which among other things contains a copy of the story of Sníðúlfur and his unfaithful wife that the scribe Magnús Ketilsson has copied several times.»

  • The Law of Gotland in Danish Hands


    The Arnamagnæan Collection contains a manuscript written in the medieval language of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The manuscript is best known for being the younger of the two main manuscripts containing the law code of»

  • 24th of December


    Merry Christmas!»

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