2. Guides to Scripts and the Principles of Medieval Palaeography

  • Bischoff, B., Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, trs. D. Ó Cróinin and D. Ganz (Cambridge, 1990). For Bischoff's guide to some of the most commonly used abbreviations, see pp. 156–68. Note also the bibliography on 240–59. Worth purchasing.
  • Boyle, L., Medieval Latin Palaeography: A Bibliographical Introduction (Toronto, 1984). VSC2.
  • Brown, T. J., A Palaeographer’s View: The Selected Writings of Julian Brown, ed. J. M. Bately, M. P. Brown and J. Roberts (London, 1993).
  • Brown, M. P., Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms (London, 1994). VSR15.
  • Brown, M. P., A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (London, 1991). VSE.
  • Christopher, H. G. T., Palaeography and Archives: A Guide for the Archivist, Librarian and Student (London, 1938).
  • Clemoes, P., Liturgical Influence on Late Old English and Early Middle English Punctuation, Cambridge University Press Occasional Papers 1 (Cambridge, 1952).
  • Denholm-Young, N., Handwriting in England and Wales (Cardiff, 1954).
  • Diringer, D., The Alphabet: A Key to the History of Mankind, rev. with the collaboration of R. Regensburger (3rd edn, London, 1968). WCA.
  • Diringer, D., Writing (London, 1962). WC.
  • Drogin, M., Medieval Calligraphy: Its History and Technique (Montclair, NJ, 1980; New York, 1989). VSC.B.
  • Gosden, D., Starting to Read Medieval Latin Manuscript: An Introduction for Students of Medieval History and Genealogists (Lampeter, 1993). LDS. An excellent introduction to the palaeography of documents in medieval Latin.
  • Hector, L. C., The Handwriting of English Documents (London, 1958; 2nd edn, London, 1966). LDY.
  • John, J. J., ‘Latin Palaeography’, in J. M. M. Powell (ed.), Medieval Studies: An Introduction (Syracuse, NY, 1976), pp. 1–66. MB8.
  • Lindsay, W. M., An Introduction to Latin Textual Emendation, Based on the Text of Plautus (London, 1896). XI91.
  • Lowe, E. A., Palaeographical Papers, 1907–1965, ed. L. Bieler, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1972).
  • Marshall, H., Palaeography for Family and Local Historians (Chichester, 2004). Includes an excellent collection of images of documents with transcripts and commentaries. Oversize LD.
  • Morison, S., Politics and Script: Aspects of Authority and Freedom in the Development of Graeco-Latin Script from the Sixth Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D., ed. and completed by N. Barker, The Lyell lectures, 1957 (Oxford, 1972). WCC.
  • Parkes, M. B., Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West (Aldershot, 1992). Oversize WCU.
  • Parkes, M. B., Scribes, Scripts and Readers: Studies in the Communication, Presentation and Dissemination of Medieval Texts (London, 1991). LDea.B.
  • Roberts, J., Guide to Scripts used in English Writings up to 1500 (London, 2005).
  • Scragg, D., A Conspectus of Scribal Hands Writing English, 960–1100, Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo- Saxon Studies 11 (Cambridge, 2012).
  • Thompson, S. D., Anglo-Saxon Royal Diplomas: A Palaeography (Woodbridge, 2007).
  • Thompson, E. M., A Handbook of Greek and Latin Palaeography (2nd edn, Oxford, 1894; rpt. Chicago, 1966). XD5.
  • Willis, J., Latin Textual Criticism (Urbana, IL, 1972). XDA.
  • Wright, G. G. N., The Writing of Arabic Numerals (London, 1952). 7ANC81: Ask Enquiries.

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