Farewell J.-B. Piggin, of ” Piggin’s Unofficial list” of Vatican manuscript releases online

Roger Pearse | 7/16/2019 | Staff
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I learned today that Jean-Baptiste Piggin has left us, on 28th June 2019. He had been ill for some time, and had retired from his day job as a journalist only last year. He posted to twitter as recently as 10th June!

He had his own research interests, but he was much more widely known for “Piggin’s Unofficial List” of the latest releases of manuscripts on the Vatican website. The last one, number 212, on June 8th, listed 67 newly digitised manuscripts at the Vatican Library.

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These were of the greatest value to researchers, because the Vatican’s own website was poorly structured and hard to use. You never knew what was coming online. Indeed I always tend to search for a link to a Vatican manuscript by giving the shelf-mark and appending “Piggin” to the Google search. It was a great way to get to the manuscript.

Thankfully his work will be continued at http://www.wiglaf.org/vatican/, by his collaborator, @gundormr. The weekly announcements of uploads will continue and be announced on twitter. This is good news. This week’s list is here.

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