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I am Ainoa Castro and Littera Visigothica is my research site.

My professional background

I have an MA. DAS. in Manuscript Studies, a PhD. in Sciences and Techniques of Study and Conservation of Bibliographic and Documentary Heritage, with a Maior in Medieval Latin Palaeography, and a Licence in Mediaeval Studies by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. After spending a few months at the University of Notre Dame – Medieval Institute as Astrik L. Gabriel Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Medieval Education, a year at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, and a couple of months as Virginia Brown Fellow in Latin Palaeography at the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies (The Ohio State University), I am now a Marie Curie Research Fellow at King’s College London. If you want to know more about me, check my Academia webpage.

As for other online work, I also maintained the site De Re Palaeographica (recently closed) and have developed the new website of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. I am interested in Digital Humanities and have extensive experience with information and communication technologies 🙂

You can find me on Twitter,, LinkedIn and Flickr.

The project Littera Visigothica

Littera Visigothica started in September 2013 and aims to share my current work, as a researcher and teacher, on medieval manuscript sources written in Visigothic script, the first writing system used in the medieval Iberian Peninsula. This includes its characteristics, evolution, graphic testimonies –charters, cartularies, and codices– and their historical and cultural context. I am interested in analyzing how medieval people adapted the Late Roman writing systems until the scripts became different enough to be individualized, and how the context in which they lived was reflected in the scripts, determining their graphic characteristics and evolution. Understanding how the primary resource for communication that is the script was developed is the key to understanding medieval societies and their interests. My research contributes to this endeavor through archival research, gathering forgotten sources and applying the most recent techniques to their study, and by critically reviewing previous scholarship to improve our knowledge about the past.

With Littera Visigothica I intend to spread knowledge about Visigothic script, the less studied of the medieval pre-Caroline minuscule scripts, which was, more or less, coeval with Insular, Beneventan and Merovingian scripts. I will post about everything related to it, from the basics to a more elaborated analysis of specific sources, with the intention of making this blog useful for both those who know nothing about Palaeography or Visigothic script as well as researchers working on Manuscript Studies who want to expand their expertise to Iberian Peninsular medieval manuscript sources. You can read my “Teaching Visigothic script” plan of publications here, my “Codex of the month” series here, access the online catalogue of codices in Visigothic script here, or read more about the problems in conducting research on Visigothic script (and about the purpose of the blog) under the “Networking!” section. If you have any comments or suggestions just email me.

Specific information about Littera:

  • Key title: Littera Visigothica
  • Main author: Ainoa Castro Correa
  • Editor: Ainoa Castro Correa
  • Edited in Spain (Barcelona), Canada (Toronto), the US (Ohio), and the UK (London).
  • Online since 2013.
  • ISSN: 2386-6330



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