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Historical Dictionaries and Old Handwriting

British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
Find and view descriptions and images of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the British Library. In addition to the catalogue search facility, the site also includes a 'tour', which gives an introduction to illuminated manuscripts, and an illustrated glossary of terms

Cyndi's List - Handwriting and Script
Links to handwriting and script sites.

Dictionary of Traded Goods and Commodities, 1550-1820
Terms found in documents relating to trade and retail in early modern Britain, on the British History Online web site.

English Handwriting 1500 - 1700, an Online Course
Courses structured around a selection of resources.

GenLinks Palaeography
Useful for beginners. A brief introduction with helpful tips for family historians.

Genuki - Handwriting
Links to guides to old handwriting, from the Genuki web site.

Medieval Genealogy - Handwriting and Language
A guide to many links on medieval handwriting and language.

Middle English Compendium
The Middle English Compendium contains three Middle English electronic resources: the Middle English Dictionary, a Bibliography of Middle English prose and verse, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.

National Archives - Palaeography
Useful for beginners. A practical online tutorial to reading old handwriting 1500 - 1800

The Anglo-Norman Dictionary
A searchable dictionary of Anglo-Norman words and phrases in between 1066 and the middle of the fifteenth century.

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