The Science of Medieval Pigments: Teaching the Materials Analysis of Manuscripts in the Undergraduate Classroom

Cynthia Turner Camp is Associate Professor of English and Graduate Coordinator at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, where she teaches Middle English and manuscript studies. She and her students blog about their adventures with manuscripts on the Hargrett Hours Project website, and you can also follow along on Twitter at @hargretthours. It can …

An Online Module for Teaching Manuscript Transcription with Blackboard Learn

Krista A. Murchison is a lecturer in medieval literature at Leiden University, in The Netherlands. Her research centers around the popular vernacular literature of England and the productive ways in which contemporary digital culture and medieval textual culture illuminate each other. Her experience with digital pedagogy includes leading her students’ production of a web edition …

Taking Palaeography Further: Launching The Manuscripts Outreach Network (MON)

Anna Boeles Rowland is a DPhil student in Medieval History at Merton College, Oxford. Dr Pauline Souleau is a Lecturer in French at Somerville College, Balliol College, and Magdalen College, Oxford. In this post, they follow on from their paper at Teaching the Codex II (May 2017) and introduce the Manuscripts Outreach Network. The Project/The …

Reblog: Readers and Fools (Research Update)

Dr Mary Boyle is one of the co-founders of Teaching the Codex, and a Visiting Scholar at the Großbritannien-Zentrum at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Here we reblog her post on her summer project looking at marginalia in surviving copies of Sebastian Brant’s ‘Narrenschiff’. 

To Be A Pylgryme

I’m lucky enough to have been spending this summer as a visiting scholar at the Großbritannien-Zentrum (Centre for British Studies), which is part of Berlin’s Humboldt University. Two months of this period was funded by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/ German Academic Exchange Service) as part of a project looking at reader responses to Sebastian Brant’s Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools), which was first published in 1494.

The Narrenschiff is often described as a work of moral satire. To expand on that, it’s an extremely comprehensive list in verse of the different ways in which humans are fools, which doesn’t necessarily sound like an enticing description to the modern reader. There are over one hundred options, ranging from those who do not raise children properly to ignorant or otherwise inappropriate candidates for ordination, and from adultery to insufficient preparation for death. Each ‘fool’ is illustrated with a woodcut. This was an…

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Paleography and Music Notation: Using Research Methods to Develop Pedagogy

Dr. Samantha Blickhan is the IMLS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, where she works on crowdsourced text and audio transcription projects for Zooniverse.org. Her PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London, 2016) thesis focused on the paleography and notation of insular song from 1150-1300. Here, she writes about designing an undergraduate music paleography …

Reading a Manuscript Description (Joint Blog Post/ Teachable Features 3)

Dr Matthew Holford, Curator of the Medieval Manuscripts Cataloguing Project at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, explains the intricacies of catalogue descriptions of manuscripts. This post features both in our blog and our Teachable Features series.  It is easy to forget that manuscript descriptions can be hard to understand. Once you are familiar with the …

Palaeography and Diplomatic Teaching at UCL

We are very grateful to Professor David d'Avray FBA (UCL) for allowing us to post this schema of the UCL and joint UCL-King's Palaeography and Diplomatic teaching. He outlines the teaching structure as follows: The Palaeography and Diplomatic Teaching at UCL has three strands, though they are intertwined.  Dr Marigold Norbye teaches a seminar course of …

Folios, Quires, and Codices, Oh My! Introducing Manuscript Studies to Undergraduates

Colleen Curran recently submitted her PhD in Palaeography & Manuscript Studies at King’s College London on the morphology of Insular Caroline in tenth-century Britain. She writes here about her pilot scheme to introduce manuscript studies to undergraduate students.  In September 2016, I organized and taught a pilot scheme to introduce English undergraduates at King’s College London …

Practical Palaeography: Recreating the Exeter Book in a Modern Day ‘Scriptorium’

Dr Johanna Green is a lecturer in Book History and Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD (English Language, University of Glasgow 2012) focused on a palaeographical study of the textual division and subordination of the Exeter Book manuscript. Here, she tells us about the first of two sessions she led for the …