Dr Emily Corran (Oxford University)
Full-day, from 10.00 - 17.00
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

This course offers a practical approach to reading and editing medieval Latin bookhands. Students will be offered an opportunity to improve a range of skills connected with medieval manuscript sources including recognising scripts, collating manuscripts and producing editions. In the first half of the day we will look at a number of texts in facsimile, practice transcription and discuss scripts and dating. The afternoon will be devoted to an overview of how to turn transcriptions into edited texts. We will discuss the principles involved in creating a scholarly apparatus, and how to deal with scribal variation. Overall, this course is designed to give an overview of the scholarly skills used by those who wish to use manuscripts sources in their research. How can manuscript sources be presented in a way that is accessible to their readers? What additional insights can we gain from looking at a Latin text in manuscript, rather than in an edition? This course is aimed at those with some knowledge of Latin and with a basic understanding of Latin palaeography.


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)

R. Clemens and T. Graham, Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Ithaca, London, 2007)