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:

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University College London. Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Palaeography and Diplomatic Teaching at UCL has three strands, though they are intertwined.  Dr Marigold Norbye teaches a seminar course of 40 contact hours focussing on transcription, codicology, dating and library history. The content of Prof. David d’Avray’s parallel seminar course of a further 40 contact hours partly overlaps: transcription and dating also figure. The codicological element is crucial for the British Library manuscript project (see below). Dating is taught partly by the famous ‘Palaeography Game’, in which teams date for points, using loose-leaf Manuscrit datés. (The dating training by Norbye is also a preparation for this.) d’Avray’s course includes direction of work for the British Library project, for which each student chooses a British Library manuscript and (a) does a catalogue level description of it and (b) writes a paper on some aspect of it of interest for cultural, social or political history. Some of these projects are remarkable pieces of work. This course is also the venue for the teaching of diplomatic, integrated as far as possible with broader historical and cultural developments. Some textual criticism also figures in the course. Finally, there is a joint lecture course provided together with the Professor of Palaeography at Kings College. In the first term, most of the lectures are by Prof. Julia Crick, on script. In the second term, after lectures on English government by Prof. David Carpenter and on Textual Criticism by Dr Daniel Hadas, the remaining lectures are by d’Avray, on diplomatic, broadly understood. Students can thus take up to 100 contact hours of palaeography and diplomatic.

PALAEO – DIPLOMATIC LECTURES and SEMINARS 2016-2017

Week beginning Seminar: Marigold Norbye

(includes transcription every time)

Seminar:

David d’Avray et al.

 

 

 

Lectures

 

 

Week beginning Oct 3 Tues 4 Oct

Intro to reading scripts, abbreviations

 

Weds 5 Oct

Introduction to the course

 

Weds Oct 5

Prof. Crick

Majuscules

 

Week beginning Oct 10 Tues 11 Oct

Dating, abbreviations (cont)

Weds 12 Oct

Dating facsimiles from Watson, Dated & Datable Manuscripts

Weds 12 Oct

Prof. Crick

Half-uncial

Week beginning Oct 17 Tues 18 Oct

Codicology with MS in Senate House Library

 

Weds 19 Oct

British Library session on Watson Facs

 

Weds 19 Oct

Prof. Crick

Caroline

 

Week beginning Oct 24 Tues 25 Oct

Codicology

 

 

Weds 26 Oct

‘Find MS in BL’ session

 

 

Weds  26 Oct

Prof. Crick

Romanesque

 

READING WEEK KINGS Tues 1 Nov

Codicology

 

 

 

Weds

Transcription

TNA SC 7/9/5

TNA SC 7/19/16

Palaeography game

No lecture
READING WEEK  UCL No lecture
Week beginning Nov 14 Tues 15 Nov

Literacy

 

 

Weds 16 Nov

Sophie Page

(2 hours) 

 

Weds 16 Nov

Prof. Crick

Gothic

 

Week beginning Nov 21 Tues 22 Nov

Codicology

 

Weds 23 Nov

Antonio Sennis

 

Weds 23 Nov

Prof. Crick

Cursives i

Week beginning Nov 28 Tues 29 Nov

Codicology

 

 

 

Weds 30 Nov

British Library session on MSS

OR Transcription

TNA SC 7/9/5

TNA SC 7/19/16

Weds 30 Nov

Prof. Crick

Cursives ii

 

 

Week beginning Dec 5 Tues 6 Dec

Codicology

Weds 7 Dec

Palaeography Game

Weds 7 Dec

Cindy Johnson

Flourishing

Week beginning Dec 12 Tues 13 Dec

Codicology

 

Weds 14 Dec

Dating systems

 

Weds 14 Dec

Prof. Crick

Insular

VACATION          
SECOND TERM    
Week beginning Jan 9 Tues 10 Jan

Visit to Wellcome Library

 

Weds 11 Jan

 

 

Antonio Sennis (one hour only)

Weds 11 Jan

 

 

Daniel Hadas

Textual Criticism

Week beginning Jan 16 Tues 17 Jan

Codicology

 

 

Weds 18 Jan

John Sabapathy

 

 

Weds 18 Jan

Note: the remaining lectures are on Diplomatic

David Carpenter

Record Keeping

Week beginning Jan 23 Tues 24 Jan

Codicology

 

 

Weds 25 Jan

British Library MSS session

 

Weds 25 Jan

Early medieval privileges: landbooks, forgery, role of beneficiary; Kortüm: centre and locality before the Gregorian Reform

Week beginning Jan 30 Tues 31 Jan

Codicology

 

 

 

Weds 1 Feb

David d’Avray

more docs and transcription to go with lecture;

Palaeography Game

Weds 1 Feb

11th century transformations.

English royal writs. Papal rota and monogramme and abandonment of ‘Curiale’

Week beginning Feb 6 Tues 7 Feb

Medieval libraries

 

Weds 8 Feb

David d’Avray

Documents illustrating range of papal commands.

Weds 8 Feb

Range of royal and papal commands: examples; rescript government.

 

READING WEEK  UCL
Week beginning Feb 20 Tues 21 Feb

Medieval libraries (student presentations)

 

 

 

 

Weds 22 Feb

David d’Avray

~ Penitentiary formulary

~ Lansdowne 397

~ Harley Ch III A. 34

~ Add Ch 19553

 

Weds 22 Feb

Formularies: Liber diurnus, Penitentiary Formulary; Audientia formulary, Glanville and Registers of Writs.

 

 

 

Week beginning Feb 27 Tues 28 Feb

Medieval libraries (student presentations)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weds 1 March

David d’Avray

more docs and transcription to go with lecture

~ Papal legate: Add MS 16611 fo. 145recto

~ Novel disseisin: BL Add MS 35179; ~ BL Add MS 38821 fos. 21v-22r

~Judges Delegate: TNA SC 7/64/4

Weds 1 March

Power at a distance: possessory assizes; papal judges delegate and letters of justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning March 6 Tues 7 March

Book production

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weds 8 March

David d’Avray

more docs and transcription to go with lecture:

~ Add Ch 1548

~ Hybrid: BL Add Ch 1542

~ Letter of Grace to Cluniacs Add Ch 1551

Weds 8 March

Letters of Justice and Letters of Graces Significance of silk thread, external appearance, clausulae and government without record of letters: ‘Notwithstanding’ and ‘of certain knowledge’, etc.

 

 

 

Week beginning March 13 Tues 14 March

Book production

 

 

Weds 15 March

David d’Avray

more docs and transcription to go with lecture

Weds 15 March

Record keeping: /Registration: papacy. Chancery. Penitentiary.

 

Week beginning March 20 Tues 21 March

Conclusions

 

22 March

David d’Avray

British Library MSS Session

Weds 22 March

Conclusion: Diplomatic as a way of thought.

 

Professor David d’Avray FBA, University College London

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