Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Palaeography HIST5049

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed not only to provide advanced training in how to read medieval documents and gain an awareness of different types of document, but also to introduce you to how a knowledge of a charter or manuscript's physical characteristics and make up can yield crucial insights into how they can best be deployed as sources. The course is chiefly concerned with documents in Latin: a knowledge of Latin will be required in the exercise to assess your performance at the end of the course.

Timetable

10 x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Latin 1A or equivalent knowledge of Latin

Assessment

Students sit an exercise (two hours in exam conditions) in which they are required to summarise the contents and comment on some of the physical aspects of a choice of documents.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ provide training in how to read medieval documents and provide an awareness of different types of document;

■ introduce you to how a knowledge of a charter or manuscript's physical characteristics and make up can yield crucial insights into how they can best be deployed as sources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ demonstrate a basic awareness of the main ways in which Medieval Latin differs from the Classical language.

■ demonstrate a basic knowledge of scripts used in extant documents relating to Medieval Scottish Studies, and of how these scripts developed.

■ demonstrate a basic understanding of codicology, and of its potential importance in studying texts.

■ demonstrate an appreciation of the distinction between 'copies' and 'originals', and how scribes can be identified in different documents.

■ demonstrate some awareness of other dimensions of meaning (apart from the text) that can be derived from the script and other physical characteristics of original documents.

■ complete an exercise in summarising and analysing an original document relevant to Medieval Scottish Studies.