Dr Marigold Norbye (UCL)
Full day, from 10.00 to 17.00
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

This course is aimed at those who attended the previous day’s introduction to palaeography and who want to gain more practice in transcription.  It is also open to students with some experience in Latin palaeography who wish to refresh or improve their skills.  Participants must have at least elementary Latin in order to benefit from the course.  It would be useful if they could indicate what previous experience of palaeography they have when applying.


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)

Student Comments

Excellent range and well arranged in order of difficulty. Lots of specialist and practical knowledge on offer.

Very thorough coverage of Gothic book and textura scripts. Marigold Norbye is a fabulous instructor.


After a first degree in Classics, Marigold returned to academia some years later. She came to UCL to do the MA in Medieval Studies followed by a PhD with Professor David d’Avray on late medieval French genealogical manuscripts. She has been a Teaching Fellow at UCL ever since, in the departments of History and of Greek and Latin, focusing in particular on manuscript studies and palaeography. She is the Academic Coordinator for the London International Palaeography Summer School where she also gives courses on Latin palaeography, and she teaches for the London Rare Book School. Her research has mainly centred upon the genealogical diagrams of kings of France found in chronicles or accompanying political treatises, examining the messages conveyed by the combination of visual and textual elements. More broadly, she is also interested in the history of history writing, of which genealogical chronicles are one subset. Other interests include the history of libraries, and of books more generally. As a classicist and a manuscript scholar, she is fascinated by the story of how the texts of classical antiquity were transmitted through the Middle Ages.