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The Warburg Institute’s Italian Palaeography course is designed to help students analyse handwritten vernacular textual sources for the Renaissance and Early Modern period. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of palaeography and the key scripts used to produce manuscripts and documents in Italy between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, with an emphasis on developing the necessary skills to accurately transcribe unseen texts. No previous training in palaeography is expected, but students should have a solid grasp of modern Italian grammar and vocabulary and, ideally, some familiarity with Renaissance Italian. 

You can book your place for the appropriate class below. If you are unsure of your level of proficiency in Italian, please contact to ask for a placement test.

This course does not award CATS credits, but students will be able to take a mock and final exam, and receive feedback, in late spring or early summer 2023, dates tbc. The exam will be taken online at home and not under "exam conditions".

Registration and payment (for 20 classes across two terms): 

  • Standard rate: £260
  • External students / unwaged: £210
  • SAS students, staff & fellows / LAHP students: £160 
  • Warburg staff and fellows: £135
  • Warburg PhD students: £110


Tuesday, 4 October - 6 December (excluding 1 November), and 10 January – 21 March 2023 (excluding 14 February)

Tutor: Dr Matthew Coneys 

NB: Students will be able to take an additional revision class at the end of the Spring 2023 term.


image: MS C145, fol. 56r.: Lawrence, University of Kansas, Kenneth Spencer Research Library