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.
Lecture by Erik Kwakkel
From Art to Science: Pregothic Script and How to Study It
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.
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.