Discovering Old Handwriting

Discovering Old Handwriting

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Old handwriting is discovered every day in many different contexts: in the parish church on memorials and stained glass windows, in the family Bible and old letters, in old wills and perhaps even in the title deeds to your home. Historians, including many who are researching local and family history, encounter apparently impenetrable documents when they turn to the archives. Until the invention of printing in the fifteenth century, and for most purposes long after, writing was done with pen, pencil, brush or other tool held in the hand. This 'manuscript' handwriting interests both calligraphers, for the way in which it is done, and historians, who need to decipher the content. In this book archivists David Iredale and John Barrett provide a guide to the development of handwriting through the ages and introduce the reader to the many styles found in old documents in the British Isles. The difficulties likely to be encountered and the conventions, particularly concerning abbreviation, used by scribes and clerks from time to time are explained and illustrated by many examples in the text. At the end of the book specimen documents of types likely to be encountered from all periods are analysed, explained and transcribed. Other titles for Shire by these authors are: Discovering Local History (see above) Discovering Your Family Tree (see below) Discovering Your Old HouseThis could _ , , , also be spelled Calendae TheRoman letter H (and oftsApwas in medieval TT7 \\ R H Latin writinS) I I Latin ... a trend which continued in modern European writing, for example with the spelling a#39;fantasya#39; which should, properly, anbsp;...

Title:Discovering Old Handwriting
Author:John Barrett
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 1995


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