Ms Patricia Lovett (Professional scribe and illuminator)
Full day - from 10.00 to 17.00
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

Vellum, parchment, gold, precious pigments, quills and oak gall ink were all used in many mediaeval manuscripts. Each one will be considered and the practical use of most demonstrated in this course by practising scribe and illuminator Patricia Lovett MBE. This will give an insight into the tools and materials used and the various processes that went into making mediaeval manuscripts. Along the way, the development of scripts from 600 CE to 1600 CE and how the letters changed in selected historical writing styles will be considered and some of the letters demonstrated.    


M. P. Brown & P. Lovett, The Historical Source Book for Scribes (London, 1999)

M. P. Brown, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (London, 1993)

de Hamel, Christopher, Scribes and Illuminators (London 1992)

P. Lovett, The British Library Companion to Calligraphy, Illumination and Heraldry (London, 2000)

P. Lovett, The Art and History of Calligraphy (London, 2017)

For how the letters were written, please see Patricia’s website:

Student Comments

Very thorough overview of all elements surrounding manuscript production. A really knowledgeable teacher.

Patricia is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about her subject.

Patricia Lovett is a professional calligrapher and illuminator and works from her studio at Kent. She has written a number of books on calligraphy and illumination, and teaches and lectures all over the world.

Patricia was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to heritage craft and calligraphy.