Late Celtic Script and its Descendants

The next Medieval Manuscripts Seminar in London will be on a little-studied fragment which has previously been attributed to eleventh-century Wales. It has been associated with a form of script that only survives from a handful of manuscripts datable to the 1060s through 1080s in Wales, but it has received very little attention, presumably in part because very little survives. It is just as distinctive as (though very different from) the Vernacular minuscule produced in England at the same time. This talk hints at interesting new insights, so I'm very much looking forward to hearing more.

London Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Contextualising London, Lambeth Palace Library, MS. 1230: Late Celtic Script and its Descendants

London, Lambeth Palace Library, MS. 1230 is a fragmentary Passional comprising only two folios of script. E.G.W. Bill, who catalogued the manuscript in the 1970s, indicated that the fragment was written in the eleventh century, 'probably' in Wales. This paper will contextualise the Lambeth fragment using the palaeographical evidence surviving script-specimens (both Gaelic and Welsh) in order to ascertain the accuracy of Bill's dating and localisation.

Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Duncan, Independent Scholar
: Tuesday 12 May 2015, 17:30 - 19:00
Place: Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies,
Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
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