Dr Helen McKee (RHUL)
Half day 
Maxium: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

This intermediate level course aims to introduce participants to the essentials of medieval Welsh book production, from the time of the earliest survivals (eighth century) until the late medieval period; the focus, however, will be on the first half of this period (up to c. 1100).  We will study Welsh script in the context of contemporary historical and cultural developments, and there will be the opportunity to practise reading from facsimiles of different periods.

Knowledge of Welsh is not necessary for this course, and in case the majority of manuscript material covered will be in Latin. Some knowledge of Latin would be very useful, but is not essential.  This course would be ideal for anyone who has attended one of the introductory courses on Insular or Anglo-Saxon palaeography and who would like to broaden their field of knowledge.

 Student Comments

I felt the coverage of all the main areas of Welsh palaeography was very comprehensive. By the end of the three hours, I felt that I had a good grasp of the subject.

Clear chronological timeline. Kept very much to Wales as oppossed to external influences (which was nice).