History
 

Handwriting and Documents in Latin and the Romance Languages

Handwriting and Documents in Latin and the Romance Languages
Reading and understanding handwriting in Latin or vernacular scripts (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan) within historical contexts of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, in sources useful in family, local, and social history research.
HIST
424
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesNone
 TaughtFall Contact Department, Winter Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining HIST 424
Course Outcomes: 

Humanistic Style Handwriting

Students will be able to read with fluency documents in the humanistic style handwriting used in much of Europe after 1600, demonstrating transcription and translation techniques and methodologies.

Historical Knowledge of Development of Handwriting

Students will be able to understand basic concepts of paleography and the impacts of language on the historical development of handwriting, with an emphasis on the transition from Latin to the Romance languages.

Latin Scripts and Secretary Style Handwriting

Students will develop familiarity with the most common Latin scripts and secretary handwriting.

Critical Historical Analysis

Students will be able to do research in post-1500 documents and explain their cultural, historical, and legal context, including the legal, ecclesiastical and civil systems behind them, the scripts used and their availability.