D.N. Dumville, 'Insular Script in Context': A Series of Open Lectures

David N. Dumville, Sixth-century Professor in History, Palaeography and Celtic at the University of Aberdeen, will be giving a series of open lectures in London on 'Insular script in context: a 1500-year history of a European cultural phenomenon'. David Dumville has published extensively on Insular, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon script, among many other topics, and has played an extremely important role in the genesis of DigiPal, not least because he taught me most of what I know about these scripts. I am sure the lectures will be extremely interesting and very worth while if you can make it.   

When: Mondays, 6.30 p.m. (30 September–16 December 2013)

Where: Seng Tee Lee Centre, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


  1. Origins and background
  2. The earliest witnesses – from Gaeldom to northern Italy
  3. Phase I (to A.D. 750)
  4. Phase II (A.D. 750–850)
  5. Late Celtic script (A.D. 850–1000)
  6. English Square minuscule and its antecedents (A.D. 850–1010)
  7. Welsh National minuscule (A.D. 1000–1100?)
  8. Gaelic National minuscule, Phase I (A.D. 1000–1200)
  9. Ultimate-phase Insular Half-uncial (A.D. 850–1200)
  10. Gaelic National minuscule: the late Middle Ages (A.D. 1200–1700)
  11. Gaelic National minuscule and modernity (A.D. 1540–1954)
  12. Overview: the tradition, aesthetics, forgery, the future


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