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Linguistic, Literary, and Manuscript History with The Digital Grave, by Leah Pope Parker

Leah Pope Parker, University of Southern Mississippi


Digital Grave

Discussion Questions

  • What perception of death and dead bodies is suggested by this poem?
  • What kind of reading practices are suggested by the addition of the final three lines of the poem? Why would a reader add these lines?
  • Why would a poem like this be added to a manuscript that otherwise contains no poetry, and is primarily a collection of homilies?

Further Reading

Kitson, Peter R. “Old English Dialects and the Stages of the Transition to Middle English.” Folia Linguistica Historica: Acta Societatis Linguisticae Europaeae, vol. 11, no. 1–2, 1992, pp. 27–87.

Siebert, Eve. “A Possible Source for the Addition to The Grave.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, vol. 19, no. 4, Sept. 2006, pp. 8–16.

Thompson, Victoria. Dying and Death in Late Anglo-Saxon England. The Boydell Press, 2004.

Treharne, Elaine M. Living through Conquest: The Politics of Early English, 1020–1220. Oxford University Press, 2012.

To Cite this Page

Parker, Leah Pope, “Linguistic, Literary, and Manuscript History with The Digital Grave,” Middle Ages for Educators, July 22, 2020. Accessed [date].,-literary,-and-manuscript-history-with-the-digital-grave,-by-leah-pope-parker

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Tool Talk

Annotated Manuscripts with Digital Mappa

Dot Porter

Penn Libraries

Digital Mappa is an open-source tool for displaying, annotating, and publishing images of manuscripts. The ability to make detailed and linked digital annotations on manuscript images is Digital Mappa’s strength, but the platform also provides space for text to introduce, support, or give translations of the manuscripts. Its flexibility makes it possible for researchers or educators to make many different kinds of manuscripts accessible to many different kinds of students and scholars.

This tool talk is part of a longer introduction to Digital Mappa by Dot Porter, which can be viewed here.

Tools and Repositories

Digital Mappa

Sources Referenced in this Demo



Medieval Digital Mappa Projects

Virtual Mappa 2.0 (digitized and annotated medieval maps)

The Franks Casket

Digital Chronique 2.0 (or see the introduction by creator Lisa Fagin Davis here)

Amalarius’s Bells: Old English and Medieval Latin Edition

Digital Grave (an Old English text with excellent pedagogical resources)

Four Anglo-Carolingian Minitexts

Old English Poetry in Facsimile

To cite this page

Porter, Dot. “Annotated Manuscripts with Digital Mappa.” Middle Ages for Educators, July 16, 2020. Accessed [date].