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Introduction to Palaeography (3 Parts)

Synopsis
The series gives the student an opportunity of teaching himself the basic techniques of palaeography. Shots of original manuscripts are combined with animation techniques to show the derivation of letter forms from the Roman originals to the various later scripts. The films also show how the quill and other early writing instruments operated on parchment and paper.
1: Development from the Roman capital and cursive to the emergence of the basic West European script, the Caroline miniscule, relating this to the background of the emergence of a Christian culture, based on the possession of sacred texts.
2: Development of the book hands, the administrative scripts and the hybrid hands from their common Caroline basis to the end of the 13th century. Demonstrates the evolution and main features of the specialised hands employed by the administrative departments of the medieval state, and deals with the main forms of abbreviations, characteristic of official, or ‘court’ hands, as well as those of the book hands.
3: Development of Western European scripts from the 14th century to the standardisation brought by printing in the 17th century. Deals with the later Gothic scripts, the bastard script, and the humanist hands and their printed forms amongst the bookhands. The late medieval ‘court’ and ‘free’ hands, the Tudor secretary script and the humanist-influenced hands are covered in the section on administrative scripts.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video; Film. 16mm. sd. b&w. 27, 20, 20, min. Videocassette. Standard formats. b&w. 27, 20, 20, min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1972
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Archaeology; Librarianship; Linguistics
Keywords
handwriting; manuscripts; medieval manuscripts; palaeography

Credits

Director
Nicholas Pronay
Writer
John Taylor
Contributor
Alan Haigh
Cast
Derek J G Holroyd 

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Sections

Title
From Roman to Caroline
Synopsis
1: Development from the Roman capital and cursive to the emergence of the basic West European script, the Caroline miniscule, relating this to the background of the emergence of a Christian culture, based on the possession of sacred texts.

Title
Central Middle Ages
Synopsis
2: Development of the book hands, the administrative scripts and the hybrid hands from their common Caroline basis to the end of the 13th century. Demonstrates the evolution and main features of the specialised hands employed by the administrative departm

Title
From Gothic to printing
Synopsis
3: Development of Western European scripts from the 14th century to the standardisation brought by printing in the 17th century. Deals with the later Gothic scripts, the bastard script, and the humanist hands and their printed forms amongst the bookhands.

Production Company

Name

University of Leeds History Film Project

Name

University of Leeds Media Services

Notes
see Leeds University Television

Distributor

Name

Leeds University Television

Contact
Sally Popplewell (Sales supervisor)
Email
mediaservices@leeds.ac.uk
Web
http://mediant.leeds.ac.uk/vtcatalogue/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0113 343 2660
Fax
0113 343 2669
Address
Media Services
University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT

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