Structure and content
Besides the homepage, which offers direct access to highlighted items, the website consists of seven content pages. The content pages in turn have a varying number of sub-pages, which the content page links to and which can be accessed via the left-hand navigation panel.
The page About manuscripts is meant as a general introduction. A timeline gives a selective overview of the history of the book by century keeping a special focus on the North. There is direct to the digitised manuscripts, and you can find the most important terminology in a glossary. The digitised manuscripts open in a new window when clicking on the image. The technology used is e-pages.dk, which allows you to save the manuscript as a pdf, print, display an overview of thumbnails and to zoom in using double clicking. The application runs smoothly, although pdf saving and thumbnail display can take some time with larger manuscripts. Note that the resolution of the images does not give a very nice zooming experience.
Making medieval manuscripts has three sub-pages: Materials, Writing, and Script. In the Danish version, there is a further page on Manuscript Bindings. All sub-pages explain concepts about the production of parchment manuscripts. The section on script offers examples and timeframes in which they were used in the North.
The page Types of manuscripts introduces a selection of book types that are typical of the Arnamagnæan collection. There are sub-pages on Law manuscripts, Miscellanies, Diplomas and Letters*, Palimpsests, Fragments, Historical Writing, Liturgical manuscripts*, Learned manuscripts*, and Literary manuscripts*. Note that the category “Liturgical manuscripts” does not actually contain liturgical manuscripts, but prayer books and legends. Sub-pages marked with an asterisk * have been split into two in the Danish version.
Illuminated manuscripts offers short descriptions of the production, miniatures, initials, borders and marginalia. There is also an informative box describing from which materials certain colours were made.
A sub-page on Conservation illustrates the work conducted on two examples with images of different steps. Moreover, there is also a section on the collectors that contributed to the Arnamagnæan collection: Árni Magnússon, Otto Thott, Rasmus Rask, and Konráð Gíslason.
Under Want to know more? you find links and a detailed bibliography plus a FAQ (only in the English version). Finally, there is the standard Contact page.