University of Atlantia

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In Black and White: Characteristics of Medieval Royal Charters

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Deirdre O'Siodhachain

Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia , Time Zone:EST
University Session UA106 February 13, 2021 Course # 412
Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fee
Length 2 hrs Credits 2
Attendees 8/98 Room Dean's Office
Course Category Scribal Arts

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.
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