Invisibilia

Tracing the Invisible. Old Norse and Latin in Medieval Manuscripts.

This EU funded research project investigates bilingualism in medieval Northern Europe through the most popular media of the time: manuscripts.

INVISIBILIA wants to tell you more about how well medieval Icelanders and Norwegians knew Latin as a second language. It shows which people knew Latin, how they used it and how the second language interacted with their native tongue. Basically, the project will widen your knowledge on the intellectual life of people in the Middle Ages (ca. 1100 – ca. 1550).

INVISIBILIA traces the Latin components of the manuscripts, produces essential texts and finding aids and makes them accessible digitally on this homepage from November 2017. You can expect to appear here a full catalogue of the Latin texts in the Arnamagnæan collections, a comprehensive multi-level edition, and a comparative study.