2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
MEDV5120M Palaeography: Reading Medieval Manuscripts
15 creditsClass Size: 28
Module manager: Prof Julia Barrow
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
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.
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.
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.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||128.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThree written assignments of a combined total of 2,500 words.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Transcription exercise (approx 150 words) to be submitted on Monday of week 7||33.30|
|Assignment||Transcription exercise (approx 150 words) to be submitted on Monday of week 9||33.30|
|Assignment||Transcription exercise (approx 150 words) to be submitted on Monday of week 11||33.40|
|Assignment||Unassessed transcription exercise (approx 150 words) to be submitted on Monday of week 5||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 26/11/2019
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