In many cases, some of our manuscripts have been added to and amended in the centuries following their original creation. For the purposes of the current transcription project, we are only asking that the main body of the text be transcribed, without recognition of any other additional texts.
Old English poses challenges in transcription as standard keyboards do not contain the necessary letters to represent Anglo-Saxon characters. These characters can be found at the bottom of the page and can be copied and pasted into your transcription.
We've asked that those transcribing our text place square brackets around words that they believe may contain an abbreviation. Many examples are present in this passage, especially in the cases of stranger abbreviations such as the appearance of a '4' or a '3' at the end of a word.
Some of our manuscripts, like MS 144, have text written in multiple columns. To mark which column the transcribed text belongs in, please use a tag with the appropriate number in it at the beginning of each new column: [column 1] or [column 2], etc. as seen in this example.
Although the text of MS 183 is in Latin, the scribe does occasionally use Anglo-Saxon characters, for instance in 'cuðberhti' in the second line. Additionally, please note the the elaborate initial 'd' is transcribed as any other letter.
Often the scribe of MS 197b indented various lines in this copy of the Gospels. To mark these variations, remember to use the '[IND]' tag. Furthermore, for readings which you're not sure are correct, or seem strange, these can always be bracketed '( )' to signify these should be double-checked.
Occasionally, odd forms are found in our manuscripts, such as the wavy lines '~' found in this example. Should you encounter such scribal oddities, transcribe them as best as you can, and feel free to email us with any questions at Parker Library Feedback.
MS 473 contains extensive musical notation in the form of neumes (the symbols you see above many lines of text in this manuscript). For the purposes of the current transcription project, we ask that you ignore the musical elements and transcribe only the main text on each page.