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Workshop

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This page provides the material I used for the workshop on Visigothic script I taught at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies – University of Toronto, Centre for Medieval Studies in the spring of 2014. Feel free to use it for your own teaching or research if you want but please acknowledge the source (also, you will need to ask me for the password if you want to see/download the PowerPoint presentations). I will gladly expand any section under request.

If you would like to see this workshop being made at your institution, do not hesitate to contact me.

If you want to know from where the idea of the Workshop came from or what was going on in my head when I was teaching it, you can read this post.

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1st session: Introduction [download PowerPoint]

Main points:

  • What is Visigothic script [there is a post about the topic too, available here].
  • What kind of manuscripts do we have written in this script (with nice pics) [there is a blog page about the topic available here].
  • What can be studied from the text (of Visigothic script manuscript sources).
  • What can be studied from the script or what is paleography. To use paleography vs. to study paleography.
  • How to work with Visigothic script manuscripts or how paleographers deal with Visigothic script manuscript sources. Problems and how to solve them.
  • Tips.

[I have recently added a series of posts about Types of Visigothic script that may be of help: part 1 (the speed of strokes), part 2 (perfection, evolution, and canon). You can also consult the sectionTeaching Paleography‘ above with more information]

2nd session: Minuscule Visigothic script. Transcribing and asking [download PowerPoint]

Includes:

  • Main alphabet (common letter forms and allographs), ligatures, general signs for indicating abbreviation and signs used for abbreviations [I have included a series of posts on the blog about the medieval abbreviation system: part 1 origin, part 2 medieval period, part 3 Visigothic script style].
  • When/whereFinding a date and a place for a manuscript by comparison with codices, with charters… (a post that may be of interest: Finding a date and place of origin of a Visigothic script fragment).

Some of the manuscripts we used:

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Graphic characteristics:

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3rd session: Minuscule Visigothic script + Caroline minuscule [download PowerPoint]

Includes:

  • Main alphabet (common letter forms and allographs), ligatures, general signs for indicating abbreviation and signs used for abbreviations.

[There is a post about the topic here ‘Visigothic + Carolingian script. Mixing up graphic influences’].

Some of the manuscripts we used: Archivo Histórico Nacional de Madrid, carp. 1325H, nº 19 [transcription]

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Graphic characteristics:

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4th session: Cursive Visigothic script I [download PowerPoint]

Includes:

  • Main alphabet (common letter forms and allographs), ligatures, general signs for indicating abbreviation and signs used for abbreviations.

Some of the manuscripts we used: Archivo de la Catedral de Lugo, 6 [transcription]

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Graphic characteristics:

alphabets

ligatures

abbreviations

5th session: Cursive Visigothic script II [download PowerPoint]

Includes:

  • Work on two charters in  a “more minuscule” cursive Visigothic script (easier to read). [transcription]

6th session: Cursive Visigothic script + Caroline minuscule [download PowerPoint]

Includes:

  • Carolinizationtips. Finding Caroline minuscule features in Visigothic cursive script charters [there is a post about the topic here].

 

Suggested Citation: Castro Correa, A. “Workshop on Visigothic script”. Littera Visigothica (2013-2015), http://litteravisigothica.com/teaching-visigothic-script/visigothic-script-workshop ‎(ISSN 2386-6330).


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