Medieval Writing
Site Map

This site is getting more complicated. Clicking on a heading on this page will get you to a more detailed part of the site map, and from there you go to the real stuff. Two clicks rather than one, but you have a fighting chance of finding what you are looking for.

Do you like the page design? I was inspired by an entry in Web Pages That Suck. Well, it does look like a lollipop!

Home page
Why Read It?
What is Paleography?
Script Index (Many scripts link to an individual paleography exercise.)
Paleography Exercises

Authors, Scribes and Libraries

This contains some introductory material about who composed books and documents, who wrote them down and how libraries developed.

The Written Word

A little compilation of the nature of literate knowledge and written bureaucracy from the middle ages.

Tools and Materials

Pens, parchment, ink and various other tools of the scribal trade.

Forms of Manuscripts

An introduction to the physical forms of medieval written products, such as the single sheet document, the codex, the roll and the wax tablet.


Page design, calligraphy, initials and borders, miniatures, bookbindings and seals are all examined.

The Concept of Literacy

This attempts to examine what literacy meant and how it changed during the middle ages for different areas of society.


These are a series of maps of Europe showing the history of scripts over the centuries, and other aspects of the development of writing.


This is a little collection of odd and interesting things in the manuscript line. They are all linked from various other sections.


Glossary All the words about writing.

Bibliography Lots of books about writing.

Links Plenty of other websites about writing.

Who Are We? Good question.

Copyright Read before pillaging.

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This site is created and maintained by Dr Dianne Tillotson, freelance researcher and compulsive multimedia and web author. Comments are welcome. Material on this web site is copyright, but some parts more so than others. Please check here for copyright status and usage before you start making free with it. This page last modified 12/2/2011.