Prof. Anthony Edwards (University of Kent)
17-18 May 2021 | 2:00-5:00pm

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This course will provide an introduction to Middle English scribal hands in literary manuscripts from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. As such it will be aimed at students with little or limited experience of reading Middle English manuscripts. The aim of the course will be to give some overview of the range of scripts and of the questions of transcription they raise for the beginning student. It will include discussion of the procedures and protocols involved in transcribing Middle English manuscripts and will involve various exercises in transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts across the period, in verse and prose.

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

Reccomended Bibliography: 

Jane Roberts, Guide to Scripts used in English Writings up to 1500 (London: British Library, 2005).

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



I have been mainly interested in medieval and early modern English manuscripts and editing and palaeography and have taught these subjects in North America and the UK. For some years I was Co-Editor of English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700 and am currently Deputy Editor of The Book Collector and on the Editorial Boards of Manuscripta and Florilegium and on the council of the Scottish Text Society and the Advisory Board of Middle English Texts (Heidelberg). My current research includes a new critical edition of the works of Chaucer (with Julia Boffey, for Cambridge University Press) and a study of the post-medieval buying and selling of Middle English manuscripts. I have taught introductory and advanced Middle English palaeography for LIPPS.