Professor Michelle Brown
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House
This course will provide an intensive introduction to manuscript culture during Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The historical contexts for manuscript production will be explored and the landscape populated with some of those who commissioned and made these remarkable works. Techniques of production, terminology and methods of description and cataloguing will be examined and a brief survey of palaeography and codicology will be provided. Styles and principal trends will be studied, with the aid of digital images, slides, facsimiles and primary sources (with valuable opportunities to examine manuscripts at the British Library, the V&A and Senate House Library). The Course Tutor and additional lecturers are all acknowledged experts in their fields and will share their experience and perspectives as scholars and curators.
Excellent standard of teaching - Michelle is a natural communicator who can enliven even the most technical aspects of codicology. The role-play in the Urban Book Production session was a really good way of exploring the topic.
I was truly amazed by the depth of each lesson, which covered beyond the surface of each topic. Michelle provided information and knoledge on each topic beyond what a typical class would cover.