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

This course will provide a brief overview of the main elements of Latin palaeography, concentrating on scripts of the later medieval period (1100-1500).  Whilst showing the most common abbreviation symbols and the evolution of letter forms, the course will consist of practical exercises, transcribing several different types of script.  Participants must have at least elementary Latin in order to benefit from the course.  It would be useful if they could indicate whether they have any previous experience of palaeography 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

This was an extremely useful course. It covered the basics (abbreviations, etc.) and also provided practical reading of a range of texts. It was the perfect course for me.

 I appreciated the wide variety of time period and texts...

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.