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History of the book, manuscript and print studies and textual scholarship research

Unreadable Rolls

Unreadable Rolls

Dr Katherine Hindley, Acting Director of the London International Palaeography Summer School, Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature at NTU, Singapore Anyone who has worked with manuscripts will know the feeling of trying to puzzle out an unreadable word. ...

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Why I Got Into Palaeography

Why I Got Into Palaeography

Our London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS) tutors offer specialized training in a wide variety of subjects, but they share a love of manuscripts. Here five of the team tell us about why they are passionate about palaeography and how they got into...

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Learning to Read

Learning to Read

Here is this week’s pile of books. No doubt they will last longer than a week – as Susan Elderkin noted in her blog, it is not easy to read in a pandemic. When I was completing my doctoral research around full-time work, I used to have a daydream…

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Introducing the Book of Kells

Introducing the Book of Kells

Dr Carol Farr, Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies A super-star attraction of Trinity College Dublin, the Book of Kells is known to many people across the globe. Besides being a recognisable emblem of Irish culture, it is a complex object. Probably...

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Puzzle Books

Puzzle Books

Clare Lees, Director of the Institute of English Studies, Professor of Medieval Literature In 2013, I worked with a group of poets associated with the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts, commissioned to respond to the ‘return’ of the great early medieval manuscript,...

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