Tigner – ENGL 6330

Professor Amy Tigner

Office Carlisle 622; Office Hours T/Th 11 am-12 pm, and by appointment

Summer 1 Intensive: June 8-23; M-TH 1-5:00 pm


English 6330: Early Modern Paleography, Manuscripts, and the Archives

This compressed 2 week + 2 days-long course is designed to provide an intensive introduction to handwriting in early modern England, with a particular emphasis on the English secretary, italic, and mixed hand of the 16th- and 17th-centuries. The first part of the course will concentrate on learning the alphabets, common abbreviations, and numbers and learning transcription conventions. Then we will work with manuscripts in the Welcome Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library collections. We will be using both Textual Communities database, which is housed at the University of Saskatchewan,   and the Folger’s new transcription software program Dromio to transcribe receipt books (that is cookbooks and recipe books with both culinary and medicinal recipes). The class will be part of the EMROC (Early Modern Recipe Online Collective) to transcribe and make early modern receipt books available to the public through open access software. This class is also one of the first classes to liaise with the Folger library to contribute to Early Modern Manuscripts Online or EMMO. The skills learned in this class will enable students to work in both real and virtual early modern archives.


Date Class Activities and Readings Assignments
M. 6/8 Class Overview

Manuscript conventions

Alphabets: Italic and Secretary


Measurements: Materials and Expertise in Early Modern Europe: Between Market and Laboratory, Ursula Klein and E. C. Spary

Money http://faculty.goucher.edu/eng240/early_english_currency.htm

Apothecary symbols http://www.textcreationpartnership.org/docs/dox/medical.html

Semi-diplomatic conventions

For a short explanation of the long “s” and a few other things paleographic see: http://resobscura.blogspot.com/2013/07/why-does-s-look-like-f-how-to-read.html

T. 6/9 Quiz: alphabets, abbreviations, measurements, and symbols

Beginning transcriptions exercises

Cambridge Handwriting Site:


Reading Early Modern Recipes

Reading: Introduction to Elizabethan Handwriting 1500-1650


W 6/10 Quiz: transcriptions

Cambridge Handwriting Site exercises

XML and Textual Community Conventions

Wellcome Library

Joul Smith lecture on XML and TC


Reading: Field “Many hands hands…”


Th 6/11 Short test: alphabets, abbreviations, measurements, and symbols; transcriptions

Manuscript technology: Ink, Pen, and Paper


We will have a hands-on handwriting workshop

(You might want to wear old clothes or an apron)

You will also need to buy your quill, ink, and parchment from me, so please bring $8.00 cash to class.

Reading: DiMeo and Laroche “Oil of Swallows”


M. 6/15 Transcriptions: Wellcome and Folger Libraries

Textual Communities and Dromio

Catherine Morphis lecture on recipes and research

Critical Response paper: 500 words

Reading: Goldstein “How to eat a book: Ann Fanshawe and manuscript recipe culture”

DiMeo “Authorship and medical networks: reading attributions in early modern manuscript recipe books”

T. 6/16 Quiz: Transcriptions

Transcriptions: Textual Communities and Dromio

Readings: Leong and Pennell: “Recipe Collections and Medical Knowledge”

Alonso-Almeida “Genre convention in English recipes 1600-1800”


W. 6/17 Quiz: Transcriptions

Transcriptions: Textual Communities and Dromio

Reading: Lehmann, “Reading recipe books and culinary history: opening a new field”


Th 6/18 Weekly test: Transcriptions

Transcriptions: Textual Communities and Dromio

Cooking with Renaissance Recipes

Review for Exam

Reading: Archer “‘The

Quintessence of Wit’: poems

and recipes in early modern

women’s writing.”


M. 6/22 Transcriptions

Review for Exam

Critical Response paper: 500 words

Reading: Gray “‘A practical art’: an archaeological perspective on the use of recipe books”


T. 6/23 Final Exam Final Exam

This syllabus is subject to change by the instructor.






Transcriptions: 30%

Critical Response papers: 10%

Quizzes and Short tests: 30%

Final Exam: 30%


Attendance Policy:  Regular attendance is required. Because this course is intensive you should not miss any class. You cannot pass this class if you miss 2 or more classes.


Drop Policy:  Please see university drop policy and deadlines.


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