Perdita Manuscripts

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to the Perdita Manuscripts resource here:

The trial runs until 21 June 2019.  Please send your feedback via the online form here:

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About this resource

This resource is produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. “Perdita” means “lost woman” and the quest of the Perdita Project has been to find early modern women authors who were “lost” because their writing exists only in manuscript form. Thanks to the endeavours of the Perdita Project the valuable work of these “lost” women is being rediscovered.

Adam Matthew Digital has now enhanced this path-breaking research by linking their catalogue descriptions with full digital facsimiles of many of the manuscripts. We have carefully selected over 230 of the entries from the Perdita Project to digitise for this resource. Many of these entries were chosen for the large amount of detail they contain, all of which has been painstakingly captured by the project’s dedicated researchers over a number of years. Additional cataloguing and images may be added at a future date in an effort to continually improve and update the site and to ensure that this exciting resource remains at the cutting edge of research.

The manuscripts in this site were written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and they have been sourced from archives and libraries across the United Kingdom and the USA. One of the key attractions of Perdita Manuscripts is that it brings together little known material from widely scattered locations. The provision of a powerful searching facility, biographical and bibliographical resources, and contextual essays by academics working in the field, makes this an indispensable resource for students and researchers.

Psalm 40 manuscript from the Sidney Psalms, Trinity College Library MS R. 3. 16, p. 78

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