Digitising Rylands Latin MS 113

The Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care – The John Rylands Library

Rylands Latin MS 133 is a late 15th century chronicle roll of the kings of England, ornamented with medallions possibly created at Rouen, France. Written on 11 vellum membranes, the scroll measures over 20ft long.

Images are shot using a Phase One iXR body, IQ180 back and a Schneider Kreuznach 80 mm LS lens. The 80 million pixel resolution is incredible, allowing us to process images in amazing detail.

All the kings on the roll are pictures beardless, except one, Edmund Ironside who only ruled England from 23 April to 18 October 1016. There is no serious attempt at portraiture. The text ends with a series of circles containing notices of the children of Edward IV. Preparations were seemingly made for carrying on the genealogy.
All hi-res images are available on LUNA.

Via erikkwakkel.

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