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Six Tricks for Reading Colonial Manuscripts

Photo shows me sitting on the steps under a large statue of a robed figure with the word "Nebrija" inscribed below.

In the course of my research at the Biblioteca Nacional de España this summer, I learned the hard way that without paleographical skills, many early modern and medieval texts become unreadable. Their interlinear and marginal glosses, not to mention major swathes of text, can be lost in the wake of illegibility. Leaving the hot,

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