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In this course we shall be reading reproductions of manuscripts written in Latin between the twelfth and seventeenth century and getting to know the letter forms, the systems of abbreviation and punctuation, and sometimes the relationship between a text and its illustration. Since understanding of what the text should mean aids in the decipherment of the words, the passages will also be translated. The texts will be tackled in order of their readability and complexity. The aim will be to familiarise the student with different forms of handwriting, and with the remarkably consistent repertoire of abbreviations used, so that they can confidently approach any manuscript written in the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

No previous acquaintance with manuscripts is expected, but the student is expected to have a good knowledge of Latin grammar and syntax.

Registration and payment (for 10 classes across the Autumn Term 2023): 
  • Warburg students: £85
  • SAS students / LAHP-funded students: £110
  • Warburg/SAS staff & fellows / external students / unwaged: £160
  • Standard: £175

Fridays, 29 September - 8 December 2023 (excluding 3 November)
Tutor: Professor Charles Burnett

Please contact Professor Burnett if you have questions about the content of the course: