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Posted By: Ladyhawke
Date: Saturday, 15 November 2008, 7:30 p.m.


Note: Thank you "A" for this wonderful gift.


What a golden opportunity this is. One may now research the monastic archives and ancient codices from the past.

Previously, only those carefully vetted for admittance to these libraries were able to do research from these hallways of protected knowledge. The newly released historical information now available on the Internet is gleaned from St Gallen and other libraries in Switzerland. It has been decided a virtual library of these ancient texts will now be made available for humanity.

This is an unprecedented release of ancient history to the public. It has been mentioned by some: in the last days, all will be made known. The gateways of hidden knowledge are being opened. This is a sign.




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November 14, 2008
Cataloguing the Middle Ages in cyberspace

The books of secret codes and hand-penned bibles inside Switzerland's oldest library are usually the preserve of the most serious scholars. Anyone wanting to sit down and study one of the St Gallen Abbey Library's 2,100 manuscripts must first be vetted, providing references before being allowed through the door. But that is about to change.

A digital upheaval is taking place inside the walls of the 1,200-year-old library as its famous horde of manuscripts is uploaded to the internet.

The library contains some of the world's earliest monastic archives. Half of the manuscript books, or codices, were produced in the Middle Ages.

Some of the best examples are on show in the library's baroque exhibition hall, where a steady stream of tourists comes to inspect the collection of rudimentary books, drawings, dictionaries, poetry and riddles through glass cases.

In another reading room scholars can carefully handle the archives.

Now in a high-tech photographic process, the medieval manuscripts are being transferred online, available for anyone to browse at any time, for free.

"St Gallen is one of the finest manuscript libraries we have in the world," Christophe Flüeler, head of the project team from Fribourg University, told swissinfo. (MORE LINKED ABOVE)