School of Divinity

Religion in Late Medieval Scotland

About 450 images have been chosen from the Edinburgh University Library's extensive collection of manuscripst, incunabula and early printed books.

Many of the manuscripts and books from which the images were taken were owned by the Scottish monastic orders or by prominent Scotsmen.

Together these images provide a remarkable insight into the daily religious life for priests, monks, nuns and lay women and men.

Some of the early printed books formed part of Clement Litill's library, donated in 1580, which formed the nucleus of Special Collections in Edinburgh University Library.

History of the project

These images were chosen and digitised as part of the University of Edinburgh E-Learning Project called 'Religion in Late Medieval Scotland'.

This project was funded by the Principal's E-Learning Fund and linked to the Masters' course on 'People, Prelates and Purgatory in late medieval Scotland'.

The team comprised Doctors Dawson, Grout, Murray and Paterson and was a joint enterprise between the School of Divinity and Edinburgh University Libraries.

The project was encouraged and assisted by our colleague, the late Dr John Higgitt, to whom the site is dedicated.

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Digital images

These images have been digitised and are available for viewing within the LUNA Insight software.

Scottish Book of Hours

This project also includes the digital version of an entire volume of a Scottish Book of Hours.