During the Middle Ages, the Iberian Peninsula experienced a notable shift in its written production, characterized by transitions from indigenous writing systems to those prevalent in Europe, and later, a return to unique, localized scripts. This dynamic process unfolded unevenly across the diverse regions of the Iberian Peninsula, underscoring not only Spain's rich cultural diversity during medieval times but also the distinct nature of its various kingdoms. In this course, students will explore the evolution of Iberian scripts, beginning with the traditional Visigothic script. The curriculum will then delve into the Spanish Caroline minuscule, highlighting its unique features that set it apart from the European standard. Subsequently, the course will examine the Spanish Gothic scripts used in charters, which also exhibit notable differences from the graphic models used both in book production within Spain and elsewhere in Europe.

This course welcomes all individuals keen on exploring the realm of medieval manuscript production, specifically focusing on the rich manuscript heritage of the Iberian Peninsula. It primarily aims to acquaint participants with the distinct graphic styles unique to medieval Spain, contrasting them with those prevalent in Europe. The course is designed to be accessible to beginners, with no prior experience necessary. However, those with a foundational understanding of palaeography will find additional value, as the course includes practical exercises. While a basic knowledge of Latin and Spanish would enhance the learning experience, it is not a mandatory requirement for participation.

This short course is part of the London International Palaeography School programme.

If desired, students can continue their study of this material in the in-person course: Books in Late Medieval Spain: A Palaeographical Introduction.

Course Information

Course Fees

  • Standard Rate: £120
  • Concession* Rate: £80


Course Structure

  • Monday 22 April 2024: 14.00 - 15.30 theory + 16.00 - 17.00 practice
  • Tuesday 23 April 2024: 14.00 - 15.30 theory + 16.00 - 17.00 practice


This session will take place online via Zoom.

Course Enquiries

If you have any enquiries relating to this short course, please contact the IES Events Office: iesevents@sas.ac.uk

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