Manuscripts and Special Collections

Further reading

This list includes classmarks of copies of the books held by the University of Nottingham library. They can be borrowed by library members. This is a select list; you can search the University of Nottingham Library Catalogue (NUsearch) to find more publications.




Muir, Bernard James; software: Nicholas B. Kennedy. Ductus [electronic resource] : handwriting and bookmaking in the Middle Ages.  DVD-ROM, Version 2.0  ([Australia] : Evellum, c2008) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z105.D8]

Marshall, Hilary. Palaeography for family and local historians (Chichester, West Sussex : Phillimore, 2004) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z113.M2]

Preston, Jean F and Yeandle, Laetitia. English handwriting, 1400-1650 : an introductory manual (Asheville, N.C. : Pegasus Press, 1999) [DLRC, Jubilee Campus Z115.E6.P7; 1992 edition at King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z115.E6.P7]

Knight, Stan. Historical scripts : from classical times to the Renaissance. 2nd rev. and expanded ed. (New Castle, Del. : Oak Knoll Press, 1998) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z43.A2.K6]

Bischoff, Bernhard, translated by Daıbhı Ó Cróinin and David Ganz. Latin palaeography : antiquity and the middle ages (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1990) [King’s Meadow Campus Z105.B4]

Cappelli, Adriano. Lexicon abbreviaturarum : dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane usate nelle carte e codici specialmente del Medio-Evo, riprodotte con oltre 14000 segni incisi ... 6th ed. (Milano : Hoepli, c1990) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref PA2893.C2]. A German version of the 1928 edition of this seminal work, in which Latin abbreviations are shown in pictorial form, is online at

Martin, Charles Trice. The record interpreter : a collection of abbreviations, Latin words and names used in English historical manuscripts and records. 2nd ed.  (Chichester : Phillimore, 1982) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref PA2891.M2]

Simpson, Grant G. Scottish handwriting, 1150-1650 : an introduction to the reading of documents (Edinburgh : Bratton Publishing Ltd, 1973) [King’s Meadow Campus Z115.S3] 

Parkes, M. B. English cursive book hands, 1250-1500 (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1969) [Hallward Library Oversize Z115.E6.P2]

Thomson, Samuel Harrison.  Latin bookhands of the later Middle ages, 1100-1500 (London : Cambridge U.P, 1969) [Hallward Library Oversize Z114.T4] 

Bishop, Terence Alan Martyn. Scriptores regis : facsimiles to identify and illustrate the hands of royal scribes in original charters of Henry I, Stephen and Henry II (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1961) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z115.E6.B4]

Wright, C. E. English vernacular hands from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1960) [Hallward Library Oversize Z115.E6.W7, and DLRC, Jubilee Campus Z115.E6.W7]

Johnson, Charles, and Jenkinson, Hilary. English court hand, A.D. 1066 to 1500 : illustrated chiefly from the public records (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1915. 2 vols.) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z115.G7.J6] 

Jenkinson, Hilary. Palaeography and the Practical Study of Court Hand (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1915) [King’s Meadow Campus Z115.E6.J4]

Thompson, Edward Maunde. An introduction to Greek and Latin palaeography (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1912) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z114.T4]



Stuart, Denis. Latin for local and family historians : a beginner's guide (Chichester : Phillimore, 1995) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref PA2826.S8] 

Morris, Janet. A Latin glossary : for family and local historians (Bury : Family History Partnership, 2009) [Hallward Library 4/Ref PA2356.M6; 1989 ed. (Birmingham : Federation of Family History Societies, 1989), at King’s Meadow Campus Ref PA2356.M6]

Latham, R. E.  Revised medieval Latin word-list from British and Irish sources (London : Published for the British Academy by the Oxford University Press, 1980) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref PA2893.E6.B2] 

Gooder, Eileen A. Latin for local history : an introduction. 2nd ed.  (London : Longman, 1978) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref PA2826.G6]


Understanding documents

Clemens, Raymond, and Graham, Timothy.  Introduction to manuscript studies (Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, c2007) [Hallward Library Oversize Z105.C5] 

Friar, Stephen, and Ferguson, John.  Basic heraldry.  2nd ed. ([London] : A & C Black for Bramley Books, 1999) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref CR151.F7] 

Harvey, P. D. A., and McGuinness, Andrew.  Guide to British medieval seals (London : British Library, 1995) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref CD110.H2] 

Stuart, Denis.  Manorial records : an introduction to their transcription and translation (Chichester : Phillimore, 1992) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z114.S8] 

Beal, Peter and Griffiths, Jeremy (eds.) English manuscript studies 1100-1700. Vols. 1-5 (London; Oxford: British Library; Basil Blackwell, 1989-1995) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref Z114.E6] 

Moorman, Charles.  Editing the Middle English manuscript (Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 1975) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref PR275.T45] 


Rycraft, Ann.  English mediaeval handwriting. 2nd ed., rev  ([York] : University of York, Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, 1973) [DLRC, Jubilee Campus, Z113.R9] 

Newton, Kenneth Charles.  Medieval local records : a reading aid (London : Historical Association, 1971) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref D8.H3.H83]

Hall, Hubert (ed). A Formula Book of English Historical Documents: Part 2, Ministerial and Judicial Records [on spine: Legal Records] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1909) [King’s Meadow Campus Ref CD105.H2]



The National Archives: Latin Palaeography

The National Archives: Beginners' Latin

The National Archives: Advanced Latin 

Medieval and Early Modern Palaeography, by Dave Postles, Marc Fitch Research Fellow, University of Leicester

Senate House Library, The University of London: Manuscript Studies

University of Cambridge: Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online

The Anglo-Norman Online Hub, including the Anglo-Norman Dictionary

Medieval Writing, by an independent researcher. This is an extensive guide to palaeography, writing tools and diplomatic (the study of document forms). The site also includes a regularly updated page listing palaeography resources on the internet 

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