The Book: Monasteries, Schools, Notaries, Part 2: Transitional Gothic Script

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Get an introduction to European handwriting (Transitional Gothic Script) of the so-called “twelfth-century renaissance,” when manuscript production skyrocketed as never before.


Introduction

Get an introduction to European handwriting (Transitional Gothic Script) of the so-called “twelfth-century renaissance,” when manuscript production skyrocketed as never before.

About this course

Thousands upon thousands of manuscripts written in Latin and other languages remain from the 12th century, when Western Europe saw an unprecedented increase in manuscript production. Of these manuscripts from the middle ages, only a small percentage have been identified, much less edited and published. To explore these fascinating texts, you need to learn the art and science of reading medieval handwriting.

This module of The Book: Histories Across Space and Time introduces students to medieval paleography, the science of reading old handwriting, with a focus on the era of the 12th century. By studying a representative hand in depth, you will learn to read 12th century Transitional Gothic script and decipher the abbreviations that set the pattern of writing for the following centuries before print. We will work with selected manuscripts from Harvard’s Houghton library and enter into the cultural world of the 12th century monasteries and schools.

Assessments and quizzes will allow you to track your progress as you move through letter forms and abbreviations to read whole blocks of text.

Some knowledge of Latin will be very helpful for understanding the texts you will read, but students without the necessary language skills will still enjoy this chance to explore 12th-century hands.

What you will learn?

  • Transitional Gothic, the script of 12th-century monasteries and school, and the tiny variations of it used for notations and glosses.
  • The basic form of each letter
  • Standard abbreviations
  • Patterns of abbreviation that will allow you to approach the writing of later periods

Syllabus

1. Welcome to ‘The Book: Histories Across Time and Space’

2. Introduction

3. Lesson 1

4. Lesson 2

5. Lesson 3

6. Lesson 4

7. Lesson 5

8. Paleography Writ Large

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Introduction

Get an introduction to European handwriting (Transitional Gothic Script) of the so-called “twelfth-century renaissance,” when manuscript production skyrocketed as never before.

About this course

Thousands upon thousands of manuscripts written in Latin and other languages remain from the 12th century, when Western Europe saw an unprecedented increase in manuscript production. Of these manuscripts from the middle ages, only a small percentage have been identified, much less edited and published. To explore these fascinating texts, you need to learn the art and science of reading medieval handwriting.

This module of The Book: Histories Across Space and Time introduces students to medieval paleography, the science of reading old handwriting, with a focus on the era of the 12th century. By studying a representative hand in depth, you will learn to read 12th century Transitional Gothic script and decipher the abbreviations that set the pattern of writing for the following centuries before print. We will work with selected manuscripts from Harvard’s Houghton library and enter into the cultural world of the 12th century monasteries and schools.

Assessments and quizzes will allow you to track your progress as you move through letter forms and abbreviations to read whole blocks of text.

Some knowledge of Latin will be very helpful for understanding the texts you will read, but students without the necessary language skills will still enjoy this chance to explore 12th-century hands.

What you will learn?

  • Transitional Gothic, the script of 12th-century monasteries and school, and the tiny variations of it used for notations and glosses.
  • The basic form of each letter
  • Standard abbreviations
  • Patterns of abbreviation that will allow you to approach the writing of later periods

Syllabus

1. Welcome to ‘The Book: Histories Across Time and Space’

2. Introduction

3. Lesson 1

4. Lesson 2

5. Lesson 3

6. Lesson 4

7. Lesson 5

8. Paleography Writ Large

Note: Your review matters 

If you have already done this course, kindly drop your review in our reviews section. It would help others to get useful information and better insight into the course offered.

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  • EDX
  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Self-paced
  • Beginner
  • 1-4 Weeks
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Ancient languages Books and Manuscripts

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