The study of historical handwriting and inscriptions, including analysing and reading manuscripts.

This tag may be used for:

  • questions about the study and practice of palaeography
  • requests for assistance in deciphering and/or interpreting handwriting

The addition of images or direct links to images of the handwriting sample will greatly aid in the quality of answers a question receives. Also, because each person's handwriting possesses a unique style all their own, it is helpful to include an image of the entire page of a person's handwriting, if possible, as this will allow viewers to see variations and patterns in the way the author formed their letters.

Good websites to learn more about British palaeography include:

German palaeography can be tricky with letter shapes differing significantly from purely latin characters. Some helpful pages include:

It is also very helpful to have a good dictionary on hand when deciphering documents, such as: