Scottish Handwriting 1150-1650

An Introduction to the Reading of Documents

By Grant Simpson

Format: Paperback

Surveys the historical background of handwriting usage, with emphasis on changing fashions. This book provides guidance on how to deal with early language and abbreviations. It is suitable for research students, local historians, genealogists, and calligraphers.

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Birlinn Limited

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Reading original documents is the only way to achieve a sound basis in historical studies and to acquire a true perspective on cultural evolution. Much modern research has been applied to Scotland's history, but until this volume there has been no comprehensive study of the country's handwriting for nearly 250 years. The main body of this book consists of facsimile texts, each facing a detailed transcript and commentary. The historical background of handwriting usage is surveyed in the introduction, with emphasis on changing fashions. There is also guidance on how to deal with early language and abbreviations. The principal aim is to assist research students, local historians, genealogists and calligraphers in their studies; but this work also recovers a lost chapter in the history of Scottish studies.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 30 Sep 2009
ISBN 9781906566111
Number of Pages 148

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