书-修道院、学校和公证人,第1部分:阅读中世纪晚期马赛档案

The Book: Monasteries, Schools, and Notaries, Part 1: Reading the Late Medieval Marseille Archive

Understand handwriting’s role in the later Middle Ages as Europe was in the midst of the “paper revolution” and the quantity of documents was exploding.

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哈佛大学
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  • 完成时间大约为 3
  • 初级
  • 英语
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你将学到什么

A style of handwriting known as notarial cursive, which was used for such documents across most of Europe in the later Middle Ages

The basic form of each letter, including variations and false positives

Standard abbreviations

Editing and navigation marks

课程概况

Medieval Europe has preserved enormous quantities of books and documents—many millions of pages, in fact—written in Latin and other languages. However, only a tiny percentage of these texts have been edited and published. To gain access to the rest, you need to learn the art and science of reading medieval handwriting,

This module of The Book: Histories Across Time and Space introduces students to the world of medieval paleography, the science of reading old handwriting. This particular module focuses on notarial handwriting from the city of Marseille in the 14th and 15th centuries. The module features household inventories, which identify some of the fascinating objects found in people’s houses. Assessments and quizzes will allow you to track your progress as you move from letter-group to letter-group. In addition to learning the handwriting, we will take special care to explore some of the many abbreviations and other elements of the secular registers of the later Middle Ages.

Some knowledge of Latin or another Romance Language will be very helpful for understanding the texts you will read, but students without these language skills will still enjoy this chance to explore medieval handiwork.

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