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Academic year 2017-18

Convenor: Dr Katie Reid (

This course will provide an introduction to early modern English palaeography (c.1500-1700). Students will be introduced to the skills needed for reading and working with early modern English manuscripts. They will become familiar with recognising different scripts and hands, learn to date manuscripts, and learn how to transcribe texts. Each session will take the form of a practical workshop, reading a range of literary and historical texts, and the course will end with an informal exam.

Students wishing to prepare for the course are encouraged to explore the links on this page.There are also a number of online tutorials that will help you with your preparation, including EHOC and an iPhone/Android app for practising transcriptions: see the links on this page for further details. Although this course will not be looking at medieval palaeography, students interested in learning about earlier texts should consult the extensive 1350-1500 Reading List in particular.

Places are limited: to register for the course, please email

All sessions will take place in room H4.50, 4th Floor annexe of the Humanities Building

Week 2. Tuesday 16 January, 10:00-11:30

Week 3. Tuesday 23 January, 17:00-18:30

Week 4. Tuesday 30 January, 10:00-11:30

Week 5. Tuesday 6 February, 17:00–18:30

Week 6. Reading Week (no classes)

Week 7. Tuesday 20 February, 10:00-11:30

Week 8. Tuesday 27 February, 10:00-11:30

Week 9. Tuesday 6 March, informal exam. 10:00-11:00

Early Modern English Palaeography:

Early Modern English Palaeography Bibliography




Renaissance Palaeography iOS/Android app


English Palaeography 1350-1500

1350-1500 Bibliography


Medieval Manuscripts app for iPhone and Android:


Late Medieval English Scribes


The Auchinleck manuscript:


The Cotton Nero A.x Project:


The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive: