This collection showcases four of the highlights of the University of Liverpool’s medieval and renaissance manuscript collections
. These four fully digitised manuscripts - an English literary text, a Book of Hours, a service book and a portolan chart - demonstrate a diversity of forms and features of interest to students of manuscript studies and medieval culture. When seen in the context of the collections from which they derive, they are also a witness to the cultural and educational life of Liverpool from the late nineteenth century onwards. The University's collection in particular reflects the taste and aspirations of the City's wealthy benefactors, and the generosity of the families wishing to commemorate their lives.