17-18 March 2021 | 2.30pm-5:30pm
Dr Marigold Norbye (UCL)
Maximum: 15 students

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This course will provide a brief overview of the main elements of Latin palaeography, concentrating on scripts of the later medieval period (1100-1500).  Whilst showing the most common abbreviation symbols and the evolution of letter forms, the course will consist of practical exercises, transcribing several different types of script.  Participants must have at least elementary Latin in order to benefit from the course.  It would be useful if they could indicate whether they have any previous experience of palaeography when applying.

Courses fees are £100 (standard) and £75 (student).


B. Bischoff, Latin Palaeography:  Antiquity and the Middle Ages, transl. from German by D. O’Croinin and D. Ganz (Cambridge, 1990)

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

S.H. Thomson, Latin Bookhands of the Later Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1969)

L.C. Hector, The Handwriting of English Documents, 2nd edn (London, 1968)

E.A. Gooder, Latin for Local History, 2nd edn (London, 1978)

After a first degree in Classics, later in life I did a Masters in Medieval Studies and a PhD focussed on fifteenth-century manuscripts.  Since then I have taught part-time at UCL: the Manuscripts and Documents course for MA students in UCL’s History Department, as well as Latin Palaeography and Medieval Latin to undergraduates in the Department of Greek and Latin.  I have been a tutor for Latin Palaeography at IES palaeography winter and summer schools since 2005 and for sessions on the transmission of the Classics at the London Rare Book School (LRBS) since 2008.  I was Academic Coordinator of LIPSS between 2008-2019 and am currently Course Convenor for the Book in the Ancient World course given at the London Rare Books School and the MA in the History of the Book.