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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1009: The Reception and Evolution of Caroline Minuscule in the Iberian Peninsula, I: Visigothic Tradition Fading

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Network for the Study of Caroline Minuscule
Organiser:Ainoa Castro Correa, Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Ainoa Castro Correa, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 1009-aLos centros escriptorios en el Reino de León: la transición de la visigótica a la carolina a través de la escritura publicitaria
(Language: Español)
María Encarnación Martín López, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de León
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Epigraphy, Manuscripts and Palaeography

While in 11th-century Europe Caroline minuscule was the main writing system used in manuscript production, in most of the Iberian Peninsula this script was just beginning to be used. The persistence of the traditional peninsular script, Visigothic, led to a long and unequal transitional phase towards the new imported graphic system. At the same time, once the change was accepted, its graphic model arrived lacking its essential nature evolving thus quickly to a variety of proto-Gothic scripts which gave back to the Peninsula its graphic particularity. With works on scribes developing their careers in the periods in between writing systems, these sessions aim to explore the contexts of graphic change and polygraphism lived in the Iberian Peninsula from the 11th to the 14th century. This first session kicks off discussion by looking into how Visigothic script began to fade as main writing system in both manuscript and epigraphic sources.