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Medieval Manuscript Research

Locating and using manuscripts and the digital middle ages

Latin | Print

English | Print

Italian | Print



Paleography is the study of the forms and processes of handwriting and an invaluable skill for transcribing and interpreting manuscripts. A wide range of different writing styles exist based on language and historical period. Many universities and cultural institutions offer classes and workshops dedicated to the study of paleography. This page is meant to serve as a starting point for accessing both print and digital tutorials on paleography. 

Selected Print manuals for paleography can be found in the left column and are drawn from the library collection. They include both recent publications and older, but standard guides. Digital resources are located in the center column and include links to tutorials for deciphering script, and online courses. Resources are listed by language in the following order: Latin, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese, and German.


          MS McClean 160, folio 139; humanistic miniscule font. Antonio Sinibaldi, Gothic.                                                LUNA: (Uchicago login required.) 

Latin Paleography | Digital

French Paleography | Digital

English, Irish, and Scottish Paleography | Digital

Italian Paleography | Digital

Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese Paleography | Digital

German Paleography | Digital

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