With this subject, of essentially practical orientation, the fundamentals of two disciplines traditionally linked to the analysis and treatment of historical documents will be learned. Regarding the first, it is interesting to underline itsinstrumental component ("Reading Paleography"), as a technique that allows the retrieval and dissemination of information in texts difficult to understand because of the complexity of old graphic systems.
As for the Diplomatics, the fundamental objective is to familiarize with the complex conceptual apparatus of discipline, and be able to apply the analysis of documents of any kind and time. Moreover, it is considered essential to implement a practical approach to the subject by conducting daily calligraphic works in order to identify the characteristics of each font. This methodology focuses on "learning by doing" and not only on the theoretical learning and static paleography.
The basic contents are:
1. Palaeography: Concept and evolution of the discipline.
2. Writing and graphics tools:
21. Papyrus, wax tablets, parchment, paper
2.2. Other extraordinary means
2.3. Graphic tools and inks
3. The method of paleographic analysis:
3.1. Categorization of scripture
3.2. Definition of: writing angle; weight or thickness; Modular connection module; ductus; morphology and style; writing box, body of text...
3.3. The abbreviations and abbreviation signs systems
3. 4. Elements of alphabet; complementary signs.
4. Transcription and editing rules and proposals.
5. Paleographical cycles: stages in the evolution of the Latin script: Roman scripts to write carolina.
6. Carolingian writing:
6.1. The Carolingian scriptural reform: concept and general problems
6.2. Dissemination of Carolingian West. Its introduction in the Iberian Peninsula
6.3. Morphology of Carolingian writing
7. Gothic writings:
7.1. Historical and cultural context: the emergence of the Gothic script
7.2. Morphological characteristics
7.3. Gothic writings of the Iberian Peninsula: bookstores modalities; documentary scripts Crown of Aragon and Navarra; documentary scripts Corona de Castilla (letter of privileges, albalaes, courteous letter.
8. Introduction to Diplomatic: concept and evolution of the discipline.
9. The dating of documents: notions of chronology
9.1. The calendar
9.3. The styles
9.4. The calculation of the days of the month and week
10. The diplomat method:
10.1. External and internal elements of documentary form
10.2. The process of genesis and development of the document: the participants; the "actio" and "conscriptio" 10.3. The documentary structure
10.4. The documentary tradition: genuine and false documents; original, mixed documents, copies.
10.5. Types of documents