Palaeography Tools

Two invaluable online resources that have been lifesavers for me as I’ve started to work with unedited manuscripts:

A. Cappelli’s Dizionario de Abbreviature – The indispensable and definitive guide to Latin abbreviations, this online version of the Italian edition is much more comprehensive than the later English edition.

Enigma – In what I can only imagine was the result of an inspired friendship between a medievalist and a computer programmer, this brilliant tool allows you to enter as much of the word as you can make out, together with a host of wildcard options, and then provides you with a list of every possible option, courtesy of Whitaker’s Words. Particularly cleverly, it allows each minim (the identical vertical strokes found in ‘i’, ‘u’, ‘m’, and ‘n’) to be entered as a ‘!’, so for example,  ‘!!!!!!!ere’ spits out only three possible options (innuere, munere, numere) which you can then narrow down based on context.

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One thought on “Palaeography Tools”

  1. Dear Scrawling Spires,

    I liked your enthuisastic post about two important online tools! Within the Ad fontes project at the university of Zurich there is a database version of Cappelli, see http://www.adfontes.uzh.ch/5231.php . You will perhaps also like the shortened English version of Cappelli, https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/bitstream/handle/1808/1821/47cappelli.pdf (“The elements of abbreviation in medieval palaeography”, David Heimann and Richard Kay (transl.) (1982). Heimann said he had really only weeded the prolix Italian introduction… The German translation follows the original more closely, see http://www.ub.uni-koeln.de/cdm/ref/collection/mono20/id/8533 .

    Kind regards,

    Otto Vervaart, Utrecht, Netherlands

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