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Level 7

7AAH1021 Skills For Medievalists: Palaeography I

Credit value: 20
Module convenor/tutor 2018/19: Professor Julia Crick
Teaching pattern:
 20 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability
Please see module list for relevant year

Assessment: 1 x 3,000-word essay (50%) and 1 x 1-hour examination (50%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.


Pre-requisites: Basic Latin is a requirement of this module.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

The aim of this module is to train students to read, date and describe Latin manuscripts from AD 500 - 1500 and to understand manuscript culture and the circumstances in which texts were transmitted from the Middle Ages to modern times. It consists of a survey of the history of Latin handwriting from antiquity to the Renaissance. Students will also be taught how to describe a manuscript book and will be introduced to codicology.

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these texts is not mandatory

B. Bischoff, Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, transl. D. O Cróinín and D. Ganz (1990

Michelle P. Brown, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (1990)

R. Clemens and T. Graham, Introduction to Manuscript Studies (2007)

Jane Roberts, A Guide to Scripts used in English Writings up to 1500 (2005)

M. B. Parkes, Their Hands before Our Eyes: A Closer Look at Scribes (2008)

A coursepack of examples for transcription will be available free of charge at the start of the module.
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