French Renaissance Paleography

Explore French Renaissance Paleography

Paleography is the history and study of handwriting. Old scripts can be very beautiful, but sometimes difficult to read. This site presents over 100 carefully selected French manuscripts written between 1300 and 1700, with tools for deciphering them and learning about their social, cultural, and institutional settings.

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Digital Collections

The Newberry Library has curated several collections for the study of scripts in context. Filter documents to discover an interesting topic, reading difficulty level, or time period.

Manuscripts Calligraphy Books Historical Maps