Students, architects, genealogists, book-lovers, archivists, geographs, historians, documentalists
and keen researchers...
Palaeography is a study drawing on both science and art, stemming from the difficulty of reading ancient writing systems. This term is derived from the Greek words παλαιός — meaning "old" — and γρα'φειν — "to write" — and refers to the historic study of the hand-written alphabet and how the shape of its letters evolved, as well as to the act of deciphering old manuscripts.
To read a parchment or an ancient certificate... Organise a library or an archive... Discover new documents...
A line by line transcription
To easily compare original and transcript.
This transcription copies the original manuscript into print. Lines are numbered and abbreviations highlighted (in brackets or italics). This transcript can then be used as a basis to learn palaeography.
Editing & translating texts
To make the reader grasp every detail of the original document.
The original manuscript is transcribed, abbreviations are explained and any gaps there might be are filled. Footnotes explain particular aspects of the manuscript, significant choices made by the editor and technical information and identify the names of persons and places.
A research on primary sources.
According to what you are looking for, I can send you photographs of the documents you are interested in, with a summary of the research made and a reference to the collections looked at.
I can also work from your personal archives if you wish to know more about the story of a particular person or the history of a place or building...