Mr Peter Kidd and Dr James Freeman (Cambridge University Library)
Full day, from 10.00 to 17.00
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

This course is aimed primarily at those who have attended one or both of the codicology courses, although it is also open to students who have had prior training in codicology but lack direct experience with manuscripts.  In this course, students will put into practice some of the theoretical skills they have learnt, by carrying out hands-on exercises that reflect their training or experience so far, using manuscripts from the Senate House collection.  The group will discuss some of the practical issues encountered and the lessons learnt.

Students can choose to follow one, two or three days of codicology, but are encouraged to take all three.  Five places for day 2 will initially be allocated to persons attending day 1 and five places for day 3 will initially be allocated to students of both day 1 and day 2; the rest of the places will be available on a first come first served basis.


(See also the reading list for An Introduction to Cataloguing Medieval Manuscripts on Tuesday.)

Bernhard Bischoff, Latin palaeography: antiquity and the Middle Ages, trans. Daíbhí Ó Cróinín and David Ganz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990): chapter on ‘Codicology’.

Raymond Clemens & Timothy Graham, Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Ithaca: New York University Press, 2007). 

Richard Gameson (ed.), Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, vol. I: c. 400-1100 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011): Chapter 2. 

Christopher de Hamel, Scribes and Illuminators (London: British Museum Press, 1992). 

Nigel J. Morgan & Rodney M. Thomson (eds), Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, vol. II: 1100-1400 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008): Chapters 3, 4 & 5.  

Michelle P. Brown’s online glossary is useful for understanding certain technical terms, and is illustrated with examples from British Library manuscripts: