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CH904 – English Paleography in the 16th – 18th Centuries

This course will impart to students the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to read documents written by hand by sixteenth through eighteenth-century Reformed divines in both Britain and America. Focusing on a wide range of manuscripts from various academic libraries (Oxford, Cambridge, the British Library, Harvard, and Yale), this course will survey a wide variety of writing systems, conventions, shorthands, and habits of abbreviation so that students will be able to read manuscripts efficiently and effectively. The course will also explore how to discover and ascertain manuscripts images, focusing particularly on the ever-growing enterprise of accessing manuscripts online.


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This course will impart to students the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to read documents written by hand by sixteenth through eighteenth-century Reformed divines in both Britain and America. Focusing on a wide range of manuscripts from various academic libraries (Oxford, Cambridge, the British Library, Harvard, and Yale), this course will survey a wide variety of writing systems, conventions, shorthands, and habits of abbreviation so that students will be able to read manuscripts efficiently and effectively. The course will also explore how to discover and ascertain manuscripts images, focusing particularly on the ever-growing enterprise of accessing manuscripts online.