Project Outcomes: Future Development
The findings of the project can be used to develop understanding of early England and the capacity of the pre-modern state. The web resources and accompanying publications provide a sampler of datable scribal hands which can be used to date and localize other manuscripts of the period. The palaeographical analysis will generate a new model of complex scribal collaboration which can be used by scholars working on the production of books and documents in other situations in and outside medieval Europe. In addition, the software developed for the project has proven very useful for other similar research, and so has been generalised into a stand-alone system called 'Archetype' which is now freely available and which has been used by around 20 other projects to date. There has been significant interest in this also from libraries in the UK and abroad, particularly the USA and Israel. The 'codicological model' for using computers to represent the structure of a book has also received much interest from researchers elsewhere.