Developed and maintained by Dr. Dianne Tillotson, this site is a good location to begin learning about handwriting and manuscript production in the Middle Ages. Needless to say, the art and science of deciphering these manuscripts is terribly time-consuming and complicated. The site is divided into approximately thirteen sections, and first-time visitors would do well to read the "What is paleography?" essay first, in order to learn about this elaborate decoding process. The other sections of the site describe (through words, illustrations, and photographs) the life of a scribe during the Middle Ages, the tools utilized to produce the manuscripts, and the various forms that manuscripts took during this historical era. One rather delightful aspect of the site are the paleography exercises where visitors can try their hand at deciphering various passages from medieval manuscripts, including Dante's Inferno and the Book of Hours. [KMG]


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