IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1309: The Reception and Evolution of Caroline Minuscule in the Iberian Peninsula, IV: The Brief Life of Caroline Minuscule

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

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 1309-aEl proceso de gotización de la escritura carolina en Cataluña
(Language: Español)
Daniel Piñol, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Daniel Piñol, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Mireia Comas, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Mireia Comas, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

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. Once the Carolingian writing system was finally imposed, its troublesome introduction mirrored in a brief life fading against Gothic scripts. This fourth session closes the topic of graphic change by discussing the last years of Caroline minuscule in the Iberian Peninsula.