Insegnamento mutuato da: B020993 - DIPLOMATICA Corso di Laurea Magistrale in SCIENZE ARCHIVISTICHE E BIBLIOTECONOMICHE
The course gives an introduction to the deciphering and understanding of medieval legal, administrative and economic documents, through a number of selected charters from the XIIth to the XIVth century.
Mandatory readings to be completed during the first two weeks of the course:
T. De Robertis, Questioni preliminari e generali, «Medioevo e Rinascimento», 7 (1993), 161-193 (in particolare 167-174). http://www.ductus.it (sezione Ultimi contributi).
A. Pratesi, Genesi e forme del documento medievale, Roma, Jouvence, 1979, pp. 111-123 (Usi cronologici)
H. Bresslau, Manuale di diplomatica per la Germania e l'Italia, Roma, Ministero per i Beni culturali e Ambientali – Ufficio Centrale per i Beni Archivistici, 1998 pp. 1093-1123 (Le materie scrittorie)
A. Pratesi, Genesi e forme cit., pp. 7-12 (Principi generali e definizioni) pp. 13-23 (Cenni di storia della diplomatica)
A. Pratesi, Genesi e forme cit., pp. 57-65 (Caratteri estrinseci), 67-79 (Caratteri intrinseci).
Further bibliography will be recommended in the class.
Students will acquire the ability to read and analyze primary sources and to use reference works and auxiliary materials (dictionaries, research tools, chronological manuals, databases, critical editions of documents) and will become familiar with the basic diplomatics knowledge and the historical conditions in which the documents were created and preserved, as well as with various types of diplomatic hands from the 12th to the 14th century (including specific forms of abbreviations and dating methods) and with the techniques and principles of transcription and diplomatic edition.
The precondition of participating in the course is the knowlegde of Latin on basic level. As for Erasmus students: good skills in reading and speaking italian.
36 hours course. The main part of the course will consist of practical work sessions, both in oral reading and in written transcription. Photocopies/digital images of charters to be discussed in class will be made available in advance on the Moodle platform (http://e-l.unifi.it/) and students are expected to prepare for each class by consulting dictionaries and handbooks. There will be weekly assignments to be prepared for common work in class. Since the course puts a strong emphasis on practical skills, regular attendance (at least 12 classes out of 15) and preparation is required.
Type of Assessment
The final exam will consist of: (a) transcription, analysis and summarize of a charter not studied before (to be delivered at least one week before the exam date); the test is compulsory;
(b) reading and commenting some of the tables illustrated during the lessons (the list will be provided at the end of the course);
(c) discussion of the topics dealt with during lessons and of the bibliography. Notice that all the material distributed during the lessons (and available on the moodle platform) is an integral part of the exam preparation and the oral exam.
Grading will be based on a combination of class work (50%) and the final exam (50%).
The course will consist of essentially of the practice of reading charters, getting familiar with chancellery and notarial hands, formulae, forms and types of charters, mainly Italian. The course offers an introduction to the basic elements of medieval Latin paleography, and it tries to enable the students to work with primary sources in their ‘original' form. Special attention will be paid to the script and to the system of abbreviations, as well as to the survey of diplomatic terms, parts and forms of charters and written documents, and to the techniques and principles of historical and diplomatic transcription and editing.
Abbreviation system; basic notions of chronology.
What is a document in diplomatic sense.
Phisical and internal features of the medieval document.
Pivate and public (imperial and papal) charters.
The function and documents of public notaries in the Middle Ages.
Principles and practice of charter editing.