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: