2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
MEDV5120M Palaeography: Reading Medieval Manuscripts
15 creditsClass Size: 25
Module manager: Prof Julia Barrow
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
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 FeedbackFour written assignments, each comprising of three transcription exercises.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Transcription exercise to be submitted on Monday of week 6||33.30|
|Assignment||Unassessed transcription exercise||0.00|
|Assignment||Transcription exercise to be submitted on Monday of week 9||33.30|
|Assignment||Transcription exercise to be submitted on Monday of Revision Week||33.40|
|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
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