EUH-4905/6905: Independent Study
(Medieval Palaeography)

Spring 2003

By Florin Curta


Medieval Palaeography is an introductory course for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in the history of the Middle Ages. During the first part of the course, students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with some of the most important problems of identification, dating, and reading of early medieval documents. The hands-on exercise will involve extensive reading of facsimiles of medieval manuscript pages, charters, and letters, as an illustration of the main scripts mentioned and commented upon in lectures. During the second part of the course, the emphasis is on the description of manuscripts. Part of that emphasis is a thorough examination and description of manuscripts in the Rare Book Collection of the George A. Smathers Library at the University of Florida.

Jace Stuckey examined a 13th century New Testament and Valerie Hampton examined a 16th century collection of Cicero. As the sizes of the two were quite different, the New Testament being quite small, the images were handled differently for each.

For further information about the rare book collection, contact the department.


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