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Eric Kwakkel becomes 2014 E.A. Lowe Lecturer in Oxford

5 November 2012

The Triennial E. A. Lowe Lectures in Paleography are given in memory of Elias Avery Lowe, a noted Paleographer and Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College from 1954 to his death in 1969. Erik Kwakkel has been invited to give the 2014 lectures.

Previous lecturers have included N. G. Wilson, A. C. de la Mare, Anthony Grafton and Michael Lapidge. The most recent series was in 2011, when David Ganz spoke on “Latin Manuscript Books Prior to the Ninth Century: Ways of Using Codices Latini Antiquiores”. The lecture series has produced important handbooks, published by Oxford University Press. Under the title “The Birth of Gothic Script”, Kwakkel’s lectures will focus on the period between 1050 and 1250. During these two centuries we witness both the waning of Caroline minuscule, the dominant book script from c. 800 to c. 1100, and the emergence of Gothic features, the major book script of the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries. The lectures, which are based on dated manuscripts and will encompass script development in a variety of countries, religious houses and scribal oeuvres, will take place during Hilary Term, 2014. Kwakkel’s study of this significant medieval script development takes place in the context of his research project “Turning Over a New Leaf: Manuscript Innovation in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance”. The lectures are hosted by Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Source: Leiden University, Humanities

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