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On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- read and transcribe handwriting commonly used in Britain beteen c1450 and 1900
- outline the development of handwriting in Britain during this period and identify the principal styles, using appropriate technical terms.
- apply editprial standards to transcription and calendaring
- recognise the common forms of official documents and identify the constiuent formulae
- apply knowledge and judgement in identifying common practice and inconsistencies
- convert archaic dating practices to modern equivalents.
Palaeography and Diplomatice
- apply palaeographical and diplomatic criteria collectively to suggest dates for undated material and to comment upon problematic /unusual examples
Palaeography is the study of old handwriting, with the primary aim of learning to read it, but with the further purpose of identifying the writing style and any inconsistencies, and suggesting an appropriate date when none is given.
Diplomatic is the study of the form and structure of official documents and the development of standard formulae used in particular circumstances. The general purpose is to achieve correct identification of types of documents and interpretation of the content, through understanding the relationship between form and function.
This module is at CQFW Level 7