Course convenor: Ainoa Castro Correa
Wednesday 16 June | Full Day
15 students

Almost all written production done in what is now Spain and Portugal from the 8th to the 12th centuries was so in what is called ‘Visigothic script’, the Peninsular own evolution of the Late Roman Empire scripts as are Merovingian, Insular, and Beneventan scripts for their correspondent geographical areas. In this course students will gain knowledge about not only the origin of Visigothic script but also about its main typological and geographical variants and stages of evolution throughout the centuries, being these aspects discussed through digital reproductions of significant manuscript exemplars.

This course is open to everyone interested in medieval manuscript production, with a focus on the Iberian Peninsula’s manuscript material. Its main aim is to familiarise the attendants with a particular model of medieval script, with those letters, signs, and abbreviations that characterise Visigothic script. Therefore, no previous experience is required although students with at least a basic training in palaeography will particularly benefit from the course.

Most LIPSS courses are introductory, requiring no specialist prior knowledge.  Any exceptions are noted in the individual course descriptions. 

The courses will be delivered over approximately five hours, and generally start at 10am BST, with multiple breaks throughout the day. Some courses may provide an introductory reading list, which will be sent to registered students in advance. The courses will consist of live lectures and interactive discussion, as well as pre-recorded sessions. The courses will be delivered via Zoom or Teams, so we recommend that participants join via laptop or desktop.

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


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Alturo Perucho, Jesús (2004). “La escritura visigótica. Estado de la cuestión”, Archiv für Diplomatik 50, 347-386

Alturo Perucho, Jesús; Torras Cortina, Miquel; Castro Correa, Ainoa (eds.) (2012), La escritura visigótica en la Península Ibérica. Nuevas aportaciones, Bellaterra.

Camino Martínez, Mª del C. del (1990), "Los orígenes de la escritura visigótica: ¿Otras posibilidades para su estudio?", in Actas del VIII Coloquio del Comité Internacional de Paleografía Latina (Madrid-Toledo, 29 septiembre-1 octubre 1987), Madrid, 29-38.

Castro Correa, Ainoa (2020), "Leaving the past behind, adapting to the future: transitional and polygraphic Visigothic-Caroline minuscule scribes", CSIC Anuario de Estudios Medievales, 50/2 (in press).

Castro Correa, Ainoa (2019), "The regional study of Visigothic script: Visigothic script vs. Caroline minuscule in Galicia", in Change in Medieval and Renaissance Scripts and Manuscripts: Proceedings of the 19th Colloquium of the Comité International de paléographie latine (Berlin, 16-18 September, 2015), Turnhout, 25-35.

Díaz y Díaz, Manuel Cecilio (1999), Corpus de códices visigóticos, 2 vols., Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Millares Carlo, Agustín (1983), Tratado de Paleografía española, 3 vols., Madrid.

Santos, Mª J. Azevedo (1994), Da visigótica à carolina, a escrita em Portugal de 882 a 1172, Lisboa.

Velázquez Soriano, Isabel (2000), Documentos de época visigoda escritos en pizarra, 2 vols., Turnhout.