Continue to the content

History of the collections

Take a deep dive into the history and profile of the manuscripts and abbeys.

History of the abbeys

The history of the Abbeys of Saint Bavo, Saint Peter, Ten Duinen and Ter Doest spans more than 1100 years, from foundations in the 7th century until abolitions during the French Revolution. Read a summary of the highs and the lows.

History and profile of the manuscripts

Mmmonk manuscripts date from the 6th to the 15th century, contain religious and scientific texts, and vary from the most luxurious manuscript to quick academic notes.

Traces of ownership in the books

At the core of the Mmmonk project lies a list of all of the manuscripts that once belonged to the four abbeys. Discover how this list was assembled based on provenance research and literature, and download the list with links to all the catalogue descriptions and IIIF manifests (if applicable).