English Paleography

Current faculty: Vanessa Wilkie


This one-week intensive course is designed for students with little to no paleographic training. The course focuses primarily on English script styles from the 15th century to the 18th century, with special attention paid to Secretary hands. We will devote some time to manuscripts produced on the continent, but no foreign language skill are necessary for taking this class. Students will also be introduced to the materials and mechanics of late-medieval/early modern writing, manuscript and book terminologies, and relevant bibliographic and online resources. Most class time will be dedicated to group reading and transcription experience. We will spend one day at The Huntington, where students will have the opportunity to work directly with late-medieval/early modern manuscripts. At the end of the course, participants should have the skills and confidence to embark upon their own archival research with manuscripts.

Years taught: 2018 (in-person), 2020 (virtual)