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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MEDV5120M Palaeography: Reading Medieval Manuscripts

15 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Dr Emilia Jamroziak
Email: e.m.jamroziak@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

(1) To develop the ability to read a variety of western European hands.
(2) To develop the ability to recognise symbols of abbreviation.
(3) To develop the ability to transcribe manuscripts accurately.

Syllabus

The module focuses on palaeographical training, familiarising students with a range of scripts used in different kinds of documents from Carolingian to late medieval times.

The central weeks of the module will follow a chronological sequence. The examples to be used include formal European and English book-hands, a variety of cursive documentary hands, and cursive book-hands. The languages in which the scripts are written include Latin, French and English.

Considerable use will be made of the online medieval palaeography tutorial, based on manuscripts held by the Brotherton Library. There will also be consideration of contextual issues, including the techniques and materials of medieval writing, literacy and the politics of script, and the idea of forgery.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar112.0022.00
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Three written assignments of a combined total of 2,500 words.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentTranscription exercise (approx 150 words) to be submitted on Monday of week 733.30
AssignmentTranscription exercise (approx 150 words) to be submitted on Monday of week 933.30
AssignmentTranscription exercise (approx 150 words) to be submitted on Monday of week 1133.40
AssignmentUnassessed transcription exercise (approx 150 words) to be submitted on Monday of week 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/06/2014

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