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Medieval & Early Modern Studies: Palaeography

Why study the medieval and early modern periods? Because there is something in these periods that speaks to every interest—globalization, environmentalism, ethnicity, religion, new media ... the list is endless. This guide will help you in your research

Medieval Manuscript

Shakespeare's Will

Shakespeare's will, written in secretary hand, a script difficult for modern readers to interpret.


Palaeography - the study of ancient writing and inscriptions; the science or art of deciphering and interpreting historical manuscripts and writing systems. (Oxford English Dictionary)