Monday, June 22, 2009

More on "Forme of Cury"

So the latest big news in medieval cuisine is that the John Rylands University Library in Manchester has made images of their copy of "Forme of Cury" online.

One oddity though about the BBC news story on this event is that there is no link provided to the images. There is a link in the sidebar to John Rylands University Library (and their "Medieval Collection") though, so perhaps it's there.


The images are indeed there, and can be viewed free of charge - so I guess I really shouldn't complain - but the university has them (and all their images of other beautiful manuscripts) tucked away behind some clunky code. There is no clear and simple way to link directly to them (it apparently can be done - folio 4, verso - but it's not clear and simple). Instead you need to go to the Rylands Medieval Collection website, click on the link for the Insight Browser (the page says you can use the username 'uman' password 'est1824'), and then find the manuscript (it's reference number English MS 7). Then you can look at each page, one by one.

Really, I'm very happy that they've gone to the effort of digitizing this manuscript and putting it online with FREE access. What keeps echoing in my mind though is the bit from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where the demolition orders were on display in the cellar in the back of an unmarked filing cabinet, stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard".


Lisa Hendrix said...

Love the fact that an expert in medieval cookery is also a Hitchhiker fan!

I just discovered your blog a couple of weeks back in the course of research and have been enjoying catching up. Keep up the good work.

Andreas Klumpp M.A. said...

A copy - of I think the late 16. century - of the "Kuchenmaysterey" is online, too.

Greetings from Germany.

Andreas Klumpp M.A. said...

Sorry, not late, but early 16. century: 1526

Doc said...

Thanks for the link! I've added the link to the Online Cookbooks page.

Andreas Klumpp M.A. said...

I just saw, that the site has some more books of the 16. and 17. century concerning cooking, medicin agricultur...

Just use the keywords: arznei, artzney, kuchen, kochen, essen, garten, diƤt, trinken. I am sorry, but I just have not the time to link my results here.