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Welcome to Littera Visigothica’s timeline of Visigothic script!

You have found the Online Catalog of Visigothic script manuscripts.

Before using it please read this post about why and how I am doing it.

If you have any suggestions to improve it or if you want to collaborate with me, please let me know.


Littera Visigothica’s timeline displays a condensed history of Visigothic script in an interactive and enjoyable manner. Each one of the timeline entries corresponds to a reference about studying the script –with notes on its origin, evolution, regional variants, major publications, etc.– or with a codex or fragment preserved either in Visigothic script as a primary graphic system or in another script, mostly Caroline minuscule, but with relevant notes or glosses written in it.

The information included for each manuscript shows as follows:


-> Click here to open the timeline <-

(click on the image to enlarge)


Tips on navigation

Within Littera Visigothica’s timeline, at the top of the screen, you will see two arrows on each side as “next” and “previous” buttons to move between entries. The application opens the first record by default, so keep going to the right. At the bottom, there are miniatures for each entry and you can search there directly for a specific one; by clicking on it, it will appear displayed above. You can also move between thumbnails by clicking and dragging sideways.

Please note that, although we cannot be sure when each manuscript –codex– was made, with exceptions thanks to the information some of them contain on their colophons, entries are organized by year since, being a timeline, adding a specific date is mandatory. To partly solve this problem, the estimated century for each source has been also included within its file in green under the shelfmark.


For each record selected, on the left hand side of the screen you will find a representative picture of it –as long as it has been digitized or I have been able to find a digital surrogate with open copyright. I am still working on uploading all the images available so please be patient. If you just want to see the pictures, you can check the blog’s Flickr library. At the top right of the timeline you will find the selected data for each entry:


First, in pale grey, the date I had to use (as explained above), the shelfmark in bold, and the estimated date in green (century and year, if known). For fragments, if some come from the same source, a + with the other reference/s is/are included.

Second, the contents of the manuscript; main work, author and title.

Then comes a short physical description; the example in the pic above is the model, meaning that, as I work, each entry must have at least all this information.

The next section, ‘history‘, has a note on what is believed to be its origin and provenance, with a link to its archive record for more information.

The last or main bibliographic references are included below, with a hyperlink to the source if it is available online.

Finally, the links to the digitized manuscript, if it exists, and to the Flickr album to see more pics besides the one included on the timeline.

Some final notes

(1) As far as I know, some of the information I want to include for each record has never been gathered before in one place, such as the online references and some details about physical descriptions. Once again, this is not yet a completed catalog but a work in progress. If you think that relevant data is missing or that additional information should be included, please do let me know; I aim to make this resource useful for everyone.

(2) Each month the file of one of the codices that have been already digitized is carefully revised as part of the Littera Visigothica series “The Codex of the month“.

(3) If you want to download the database with the list of codices and fragments go to ‘Visigothic script mss.’. Enjoy!

* I ‘officially’ want to say thanks to all the people who sent me information about fragments and codices, images of the manuscripts, and/or links to their online digitized surrogates. I really appreciate your interest, help and support. Thanks also to Bart Jaski (keeper of manuscripts and curator of printed books at the Utrecht University Library), Arianna D’Ottone, and Kathleen McCallum.


Creative Commons License

The Catalog of Visigothic script Manuscripts (timeline) by Ainoa Castro is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License, v. 2.0.

Suggested Citation: Castro Correa, A. “Visigothic script timeline. Online Catalog of Visigothic script manuscripts”. Littera Visigothica (2013-2015), ‎(ISSN 2386-6330).

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