The Lyell Lectures 2020: 'Writing models from manuscript to print: France, England and Europe, c. 1400-1800'

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The Lyell Lectures 2020

'Writing models from manuscript to print: France, England and Europe, c. 1400-1800'.

  28 April 2020

   5-6pm

   ON HOLD

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The Lyell Lectures 2020 

'Writing models from manuscript to print: France, England and Europe, c. 1400-1800

Lecture 1: Writing Models and the Formation of National Scripts.

​​​​​From the later Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century, western handwriting was subjected to an unprecedented diversity of scripts and styles, characteristic of nations, languages, institutions, functional uses and the professional or social status of men and women. The calligraphic models for teaching such scripts were developed by professional scribes such as copyists, chancery clerks, secretaries and writing masters. A minority among them had their manuscripts translated into print and widely circulated, thus contributing to a European market of letter forms, shaped and reshaped by the changing balance of power and taste. After the prevalence of Italian models in the Renaissance, French writing books were an essential component of that market, until the English round hand (later known as ‘copperplate’) gradually became the common medium of business in the West. At the crossroads of bibliography and palaeography, the lectures will address a number of technical, commercial and cultural issues raised by the cataloguing and scrutiny of French writing books, hitherto the least charted territory in early modern calligraphy.

Followed by a drinks reception in Blackwell Hall.

 Location

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

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We regret that this event has been postponed

 Speaker

Professor Marc Smith, Professeur de Paléographie, THE ECOLE NATIONALE DES CHARTES, Lyell Reader in Bibliography 2020

Other events in The Lyell Lectures 2020 series

Lecture 2: Bibliography and the Life Cycles of Writing Books

  30 April 2020

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Lecture 3: Renaissance Caligraphy from Pen to Press and back

  5 May 2020

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