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Palaeography (or Paleography) is the study and analysis of handwriting in order to read old texts with accuracy and fluency. It focuses on studying letter forms and conventions used, such as abbreviations. In addition, palaeography also involves dating manuscripts and identifying the location of, called ‘localizing’, the writing used.

Reference Books

Online Tutorial and Resources

Courses/Workshops (residential) – Only a sampling

Examples of what different handwritings can look like

Library Resources at Notre Dame

  • Latin: Dave Gura, Julia Schneider
  • German Script: Julia Schneider
  • Greek: Dave Gura
  • Spanish: Erika Hosselkus

Courses at Notre Dame

MI 60005: Latin Paleography
History 93048: Paleography of Imperial Spain