About the manuscript upon which VisigothicPal began

VisigothicPal is the end result of a research project aimed at establishing a point of reference for the palaeographical analysis of Visigothic script and Visigothic script manuscript sources. It is a computerised database of quantitative data to help describe, compare and place Visigothic script testimonies in their context. As a pilot project for the digital analysis of Visigothic script, the research project and the software VisigothicPal builds on a case study: the copy of the Apocalypse of Beatus of Liébana kept at the British Library (BL Add. Ms. 11695) as one of the few codices written in this script that can be dated and geographically located with certainty.

Later this month, 31 January 5.30pm, I will present my research on the codex at the Medieval Manuscripts Seminar, Senate House London (Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies). All welcome!!

"The scribes of the Silos Apocalypse (London, British Library, Add. MS. 11695) and the scriptorium of Silos in the late eleventh century"

Abstract: In the late eleventh century Fortunio, abbot of the newly restored Benedictine community of Silos, near Burgos, commissioned the time- and cost-consuming task of replicating for the monastery one of the most significant best-sellers of the peninsular Middle Ages: a Beatus. In doing so, he was continuing a long-lasting Iberian, Mozarabic, tradition originating in the late eighth century.
In this seminar the Silos Apocalypse will be examined with the purpose of unveiling who were the scribes who intervened in its copying, what can be known about their professional connections, what was their cultural context, and how this codex fits within the written production of Silos in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries.

The PowerPoint of this presentation is available here.



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