Van Renterghem Aya, Runica Manuscripta, (dir. J. Jesch, University of Nottingham)
En cours depuis 2014/In preparation since 2014
My research investigates the perception of runes and the runic alphabet by medieval scribes by examining their use of the script in manuscripts and the practice of copying manuscript runes between the ninth and the twelfth century. I include both Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon runes, analysing their appearance and possible connections in insular and continental manuscripts. I am interested in the runes within and outwith their respective traditions. I will therefore take a detailed look at the transition from epigraphical to manuscript runes, the spread of the runica manuscripta tradition, and the significance of finding both types of runes in the same manuscripts. With this study I hope to determine how runic material was perceived, why the medieval scribe or scholar felt the need to use a relatively uncommon or even archaic alphabet, and how this affects the idea of runic literacy.