There are 15 manuscripts from the early Middle Ages featured in this virtual exhibition, which was organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Bamberg as a World Heritage Site. The oldest codex is the Lorsch Pharmacopoeia, which is a collection of medicinal remedies dating approximately to Charlemagne’s reign (ca. 800 C.E.). This key work for the transmission of Classical medicine into the Christian Middle Ages has been registered in the UNESCO World Memory of the World Documentary Heritage Programme since 2013.
Other highlights are the wonderfully illuminated manuscripts from the Abbey of Reichenau in Bodensee that commissioned by Emperor Otto III and Henry II a round 1000 C.E. Two of them belong to the group of Reichenau manuscripts, which were already included in the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage in 2003: Commentary to the Song of Songs, as well as the famous Bamberg Apocalypse with its cycle of 50 miniatures.
The cover of the Bamberg Apocalypse was once decorated with an impressive agate plate. The gemstone from the treasury of the Munich Residence can be admired digitally. The virtual exhibition is enrichened by another Codex, the Reichenau Evangeliary from the Bavarian State Library in Munich, another part of the UNESCO initiative.