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Primary sources for humanities: Medieval & Renaissance

A guide to primary sources for humanities at Monash University Library

Bischoff manuscript

Bischoff manuscripts collection, digitised on Monash Collections

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Medieval family life

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Medieval Family Life contains full-color images of the original medieval manuscripts that comprise the Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor, and Armburgh family letter collections, along with full-text searchable transcripts from printed editions. 

The Paston Family Papers have long been a subject of both literary and historical interest. They are Britain's first surviving records of private correspondence, describing everyday life in East Anglia during the Wars of the Roses. Additionally, this resource includes four other valuable collections relating to medieval families in Essex, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, and Warwickshire, UK, ca. 1400-90. 

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Paleology, Latin and Roman numerals

transcribing exercise from national archives

There are also tutorials on using Roman numerals and a currency converter

Online sources