Europeana Regia is a collaborative project that aims to create a European corpus of digitised, mostly illuminated manuscripts. These are testimonies of the circulation of texts and art in Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They focus on the beginning of European culture in the 8th century – the start of the Carolingian era. Europeana Regia will concentrate on three of the most important sets of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts:
- Bibliotheca Carolina: masterworks from the main abbeys and bishop schools of the Carolingian Empire (8th-9th centuries), including Reichenau, Saint-Denis, Corbie, Reims, Saint-Amand, Freising, Wissembourg. The manuscripts show the intellectual and artistic activity of these centres of religious life, ecclesiastical and imperial power, and their numerous exchanges of texts and patterns.
- The Library of King Charles V: the most outstanding royal collection of illuminated manuscripts from the 14th century, which was, thanks to the circulation of copies, at the heart of aristocratic culture in France, England, Flanders and Burgundy.
- The Library of the Aragon Kings of Naples: this collection is a unique concentration of masterworks of French, Venetian, Neapolitan, Lombard and Spanish illumination. It is the symbol, beyond political frontiers, of the cultural unity of Europe.
Altogether, Europeana Regia will add 874 volumes of manuscripts and over 307,000 images to the Europeana.eu portal, starting in 2011.
- Europeana Regia started in January 2010 and runs for 30 months
- Europeana Regia is led by the Bibliothèque nationale de France
- Europeana Regia has five partners from EU countries