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Introduction to Visigothic Script 

Online course held across two afternoons, 2pm-5pm

Ainoa Castro Correa 

Almost all manuscript production of early medieval Iberia was written in Visigothic script, the peninsular equivalent to Merovingian, Insular, or Beneventan scripts for their correspondent geographical areas. In this course students will gain knowledge about its main characteristics, typological and geographical variants, and stages of evolution, being these aspects discussed through digital reproductions of significant manuscript exemplars.

This course is open to everyone interested in medieval manuscript production, with a focus on the Iberian Peninsula’s manuscript material. Its main aim is to familiarise the attendants with a particular model of medieval script, with those letters, signs, and abbreviations that characterise Visigothic script. Therefore, no previous experience is required although students with at least a basic training in palaeography will particularly benefit from the course.

Essential Reading

Alturo Perucho, Jesús (2016), “La escritura visigótica”, in Paleografía y escritura hispánica, Madrid, 111-130.

Castro Correa, Ainoa (2021), “Dating and placing Visigothic script codices: A quick guide for beginners”, in Pecia. Le livre et l’ecrit: Le manuscrit médiéval: texte, objet et outil de transmission, vol. 23, Turnhout, 7-35.

Díaz y Díaz, Manuel Cecilio (1999), Corpus de códices visigóticos, 2 vols., Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Millares Carlo, Agustín (1983), Tratado de Paleografía española, 3 vols., Madrid

Recommended Reading 

Castro Correa, Ainoa (2020), "Towards a Review of the ‘Visigothic Symptoms’: Formal Writing in Visigothic Hispania", Visigothic Symposium 4 (2020-2021): Manuscripts and Editions 2020, 64-84. http://visigothicsymposia.org/ainoa-castro/ 

Castro Correa, Ainoa (2020), "Leaving the past behind, adapting to the future: transitional and polygraphic Visigothic-Caroline minuscule scribes", Anuario de Estudios Medievales 50/2, 631-664. http://doi.org/10.3989/aem.2020.50.2.01

Castro Correa, Ainoa (2019), "The regional study of Visigothic script: Visigothic script vs. Caroline minuscule in Galicia", in Change in Medieval and Renaissance Scripts and Manuscripts: Proceedings of the 19th Colloquium of the Comité International de paléographie latine (Berlin, 16-18 September 2015), Turnhout, 25-35