Thesis

The Language and Copying Practices of Three Early Medieval Cartulary Scribes at Worcester

My thesis investigated how scribes copied texts, in particular, two manuscripts from eleventh-century Worcester which contained land charters: Liber Wigorniensis and Nero Middleton. Look at pretty pictures of them here.

My focus was on scribal education and training, the spoken language and the scriptorium in Anglo-Saxon England, and the influence of these on how scribes worked.

During my research I also investigated aspects in the history of writing, including the development of punctuation and abbreviation, and the variable spellings of Old English.

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