Medieval Writing
An introduction to the history of medieval writing, including the origins of our written culture, paleography and the history of scripts, and the nature of literacy and the written word in the middle ages. Manuscript books and documents, and the very process of writing itself, are part of the cultural heritage of the western world. And paleography is not a scarey word, however you spell it.
St John the Evangelist
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Or if you need a no frames version, please use the tradesman's entrance here. Just remember to click on the site map link at the bottom of the page once you get in, or you won't be able to find everything.   St John the Evangelist with book and palm frond, but with the eye of faith it might be a quill pen, in the stained glass windows of All Saints, North Street, York.
This site requires Netscape 4 or Internet Explorer 4 or above, with Javascript enabled. At least the Flash 5 plugin is required for the interactive paleography exercises. Other browsers will display the basic information pages, or the Flash pages if they have the plugin, but some interactive pages may produce variable results. Currently I believe most of it works on Chrome, Firefox and Opera. No, you cannot do the paleography exercises on your iPad. We are doing our best! The content of the site depends heavily on the display of graphic images, but nobody disables graphics anymore, do they? By request of users, the graphics are gradually being upgraded to higher resolution and less compression, so they may take longer to load, depending on your connection, but the results will be better when you get there. This is a continual work in progress.