IS 590MM Medieval Manuscripts

This course is an intensive introduction to medieval manuscripts, asking such questions as who made manuscripts, how they were written and assembled, who illuminated them and why, the ways they were used, and how they have survived. It will look at some of the most famous types of illuminated manuscripts, including Bibles, Books of Hours and literary texts. It will explain how to identify texts and fragments, how to read and date medieval scripts, and how to gain access to original manuscripts across the world. It will look at the market for medieval manuscripts, both in the Middle Ages and today, and it will discuss manuscript libraries and collectors. The course will include ample access to original medieval manuscripts, and practical work involving actual examples from at least the eleventh century to the renaissance.

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Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).