Dr James Willoughby (New College, Oxford)
Full day
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

Day one of a two-day course.

This course will provide a detailed historical overview of the scripts in use in the Latin West from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Students will be introduced to key landmarks along the road and to the varieties of names and terms that palaeographers use when discussing handwriting.


Detailed bibliographies will be circulated in class, but for orientation students may wish to dip into any of the following.

B. Bischoff, Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Cambridge 1990).
[Editions also in German, French and Italian.]
M. B. Parkes, Their Hands Before Our Eyes: a Closer Look at Scribes (Aldershot 2008).
The various national catalogues of Dated and Datable Manuscripts

This lecture was well presented and very thorough, covered the material in great detail, providing an excellent introduction to the topics at hand.