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English Palaeography

Academic year 2017-18

Convenor: Dr Katie Reid (

This course will provide an overview of English palaeography from roughly 1350 to 1700. It will give students the skills and confidence to work with English primary sources from the Renaissance. Students will be given a background in the development of late medieval scripts and build a strong knowledge of early modern hands, both formal and informal. They will learn how to use palaeography to date English manuscripts and learn the common abbreviations and idiosyncrasies of English palaeography. Classes will involve instruction in the background and features of English scripts followed by transcription practice. The course will culminate in an informal exam.

Useful online resources and bibliography can be found on this page (right) and will be updated periodically.

Places are limited: to register for the course, please email

All sessions will take place in room H4.50, 4th Floor annexe of the Humanities Building, times vary.

Week 1. Tuesday 9 January, 10:00-11:30

Week 2. Tuesday 16 January, 10:00-11:30

Week 3. Tuesday 23 January, 17:00-18:30

Week 4. Tuesday 30 January, 10:00-11:30

Week 5. Tuesday 6 February, 17:00–18:30

Week 6. Reading Week (no classes)

Week 7. Tuesday 20 February, 10:00-11:30

Week 8. Tuesday 27 February, 10:00-11:30

Week 9. Tuesday 6 March, informal exam. 10:00-11:00

Early Modern English Palaeography:

Early Modern English Palaeography Bibliography


Bodleian Library Tudor/Stuart Palaeography




Renaissance Palaeography iOS/Android app


English Palaeography 1350-1500

1350-1500 Bibliography


Medieval Manuscripts app for iPhone and Android:


Late Medieval English Scribes


The Auchinleck manuscript:


The Cotton Nero A.x Project:


The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive: