18 January 2018 from 15:15 to 17:00

Lecture by Erik Kwakkel

From Art to Science: Pregothic Script and How to Study It

Caroline Minuscule. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Prof. Erik Kwakkel (Scaliger Chair, Leiden University) will give a lecture on the transitional script in the twelfth century for the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies on 18 January. His lecture is entitled From Art to Science: Pregothic Script and How to Study It. Prof. Marco Mostert (Medieval Culture) is the respondent.

Prof. Erik Kwakkel

Making sense of the transitional script

His lecture develops two threads of inquiry. The first aim is to make sense of the transitional script observed across Europe and the British Isles from the end of the eleventh to the early thirteenth century. Addressed as either late Caroline or Pre-/Protogothic, the script is in a constant state of flux, acquiring new "Gothic" features and shedding traits of Caroline. The lecture will investigate the development of this transitional script, effectively showing how Caroline Minuscule became Gothic Textualis.

Quantifiable paleography

The second aim of this lecture is to describe paleographical features and their development in a quantifiable manner, which is key to studying the transitional script of the long twelfth century — and indeed the history of any medieval script. 

Start date and time
18 January 2018 15:15
End date and time
18 January 2018 17:00