Prof. Julia Crick (Kings College London)
Full-day, from 10.00 - 17.00
Maximum: 12 students
Venue: Senate House

This intermediate-level course investigates the history of script in Britain and Ireland before and during the first Viking age. It will discuss the classification of minuscule before 900 using the principles developed by T. Julian Brown, identifying characteristic letter-forms, ligatures and abbreviations. Where practicable we will work from datable and localizable examples. Latin is not a prerequisite for enrolment but the course will include some voluntary reading practice in order for members to gain familiarity with the practices of Insular scribes.

NB: This class is aimed at students who have some training or experience in palaeography.


A Palaeographer’s View: Selected Writings of Julian Brown, ed. Janet Bately, Michelle Brown, and Jane Roberts (London, Harvey Miller, 1993)

Jane Roberts, A Guide to Scripts Used in English Writings up to 1500 (London, British Library Publications, 2005)

The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, volume I, c. 400-1100, ed. Richard Gameson (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 2012)

Gale Owen-Crocker, Working with Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (Exeter, Exeter University Press, 2009)

Michelle P. Brown, Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age (London, British Library Publications, 2007)

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