On the basis of the incunabula preserved in three major European libraries, Libri Europae is a joint international attempt to demonstrate the influence of encyclopaedic compilations on both form and content of the particular conception of themselves which Europeans developed between the 9th and the 15th century. 

The aims of the project include:

  • to demonstrate the unity of European culture across political and cultural borders from the time of Charlemagne to the discovery of the New World, a unity made possible by the use of the Latin language, formed by the study programmes of the trivium and quadrivium, and backed up by the encyclopaedic compilations which contained – so the claim – all there was to know;