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HI501D: PALAEOGRAPHY I (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

A postgraduate student of medieval and early modern history or literature often needs to be able to use unedited literary and archival sources, or to check the completeness and accuracy of existing editions.  Medievalists often need to consult material available only in later copies, extracts and antiquarian notes. To do so, you must be able to read pre-modern scripts. This course is designed to give students the necessary skills to use manuscript sources for themselves, whatever their date,  describe manuscripts, and transcribe texts.  Assessment is by exercises and a final essay.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor David Dumville

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Course Description

Weeks 1-5: Theory and methods of palaeography Weeks 6-10: Transcription of a series of script-specimens, with weekly homework exercises

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Summative Assessments

20% coursework (2 x transcription exercises); 80% 3000 word essay

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