HIST424 : Medieval Primary Sources: Genre, Rhetoric and Transmission

Available 2016/17

Course Convenor: Dr Paul Hayward

This module, designed for students undertaking medieval or early-modern research, introduces the principles of palaeography and provides an opportunity to gain experience of how to read medieval and early-modern hands. It also aims to help you to think about manuscript sources, their production and reproduction and the relationship between manuscript and printed versions of primary texts. The module introduces selected classes of medieval and early-modern archive sources. Each seminar will include both substantive discussion of a topic or genre of source and a workshop element to give you palaeography practice. Regular palaeography ‘homework’ will be set and students are expected to undertake palaeography practice between class meetings.

Taught: Lent Term