Summer School on Early-Modern English Manuscripts

This virtual summer school, financed by the “Cité des Écritures” of Sorbonne Nouvelle provides training on how to locate, exploit and edit early modern English manuscripts (1500-1700).

It is intended for students and colleagues of all disciplines who, in the context of their own research or professional project, need to (i) become familiar with archives relating to the history and literature of the early-modern world (ii) understand how these writings were preserved and transmitted, and (iii) be able to read the manuscripts themselves.

The courses will be conducted in English.

It is divided into four main themes:

DAY 1: religious writings;
DAY 2: letters;
DAY 3: manuscripts in the digital age;
DAY 4: editing early-modern manuscripts

During the four mornings, there will be presentations by academics and librarians and archivists; the afternoons will be devoted to palaeography workshops, related to the theme of the day. As these workshops follow a progression, so it is necessary to participate regularly.






Guillaume Coatalen (CY Cergy Paris Université),
Aude de Mézerac-Zanetti (Université de Lille, CECILLE),
Anne Dunan-Page (AIx-Marseille, LERMA),
Aurélie Griffin (Sorbonne Nouvelle, PRISMES),

Programme (CET)

Monday 12 Juin 2023 : Early-modern religious manuscripts

8h45: Welcome

9h00-10h00 : Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library), ‘Lambeth Palace Library through four centuries’

10h00-10h30 : Q&A

VIrtual coffee break

11h00-12h00 : Claire Gheeraert-Graffeuille (Université de Rouen), ‘Lucy Hutchinson’s autograph manuscripts: a key to understanding her work?’

12h30-13h00 : Q&A

Moderator: Anne Dunan-Page

14h30-16h30 : paleography workshop (religious sources): Guillaume Coatalen and Anne Dunan-Page


Tuesday 13 June 2023 : Letters and correspondences

9h00-10h00 : Miranda Lewis (Université d’Oxford, Early Modern Letters Online), ‘The lives of letters in EMLO’

10h00-10h30 : Q&A

Virtual coffee break

11h00-12h00 : Daniel Starza-Smith (King’s College London), ‘Editing a manuscript letter: from first encounter to edited text’

12h30-13h00 : Q&A

Moderator: Guillaume Coatalen

14h30-16h30 : paleography workshop (letters): Guillaume Coatalen and Aurélie Griffni


Wednesday 14 June 2023 : Digital projects

9h00-10h00 : Chris Langley (Open University), ‘Mapping the Scottish Reformation: Religious Change, Manuscripts and Open Data’

10h00-10h15 : Q&A

Virtual coffee break

10h30-11h30 : Jessica Edmondes (Bodleian Library), ‘Digital storytelling with early modern literary manuscripts’

11h30-11h45 : Q&A

Virtual coffee break

12h00-12h30 : Aude de Mézerac-Zanetti (Université de Lille), ‘Transcribing and producing a digital edition for MS 128 Corpus Christi College (Cambridge): technical and editorial challenges in a collaborative and pedagogical project’ 

12h30-12h45 : Q&A

Moderator: Aurélie Griffin

14h30-16h30 : paleography workshop (secretary hand): Guillaume Coatalen and Aude De Mézérac-Zanetti. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to testing AI transcription.


Thursday 15 June 2023 : Editing early-modern nanuscripts

9h00-10h30 : Round table with three editors: Laurence Lux-Sterritt (Aix-Marseille Université), Guillaume Coatalen (CY- Cergy) and Jessica Malay (University of Huddersfield)

Moderator: Aude de Mézerac-Zanetti

Virtual coffee break

11h00-10h30 : John Morrill (Cambridge University) et Joel Halcomb (University of East Anglia), ‘How and how not to edit early modern documents’.

Moderator: Anne Dunan-Page

14h30-16h30 : paleography workshop. Attendees come with their own texts

16h30-16h45: last virtual coffee break

Cite this blog post
Anne Page (2023, May 8). Summer School on Early-Modern English Manuscripts. Britaix 17-18 - Seminar on the early-modern anglophone world (Aix-Marseille University, LERMA, UR 853) . Retrieved June 23, 2024, from

Anne Page

Anne Dunan-Page is Professor of early modern British studies at Aix-Marseille University

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