University of Atlantia

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In Black and White: Characteristics of Medieval Royal Charters

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Instructor:
Deirdre O'Siodhachain


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA106 February 13, 2021
Crs #:
412
Date:
Sat Feb 13
Time:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fee:
Length:
2 hrs
Credits:
2
Attendees:
8/98
Room:
Dean's Office
Course Category:
Scribal Arts
Track:
Scribal Arts
Description
Instead of the traditional SCA "scroll", consider the more authentic form of the Medieval legal document. We will look at the characteristics of British royal charters/letters patent -- mainly those pertaining to the creation of peers -- from the period of about 1100-1600 with an eye to their design and intrinsic beauty. We will discuss the appropriate wording, lettering, how to prevent forgery and tampering, and seal application that make a document legally binding. Students will receive a PowerPoint document with examples from the period. Students interested in only a broad overview may treat this as a 1 hour class and exit after the introductory material is presented. The class will be recorded.