Fourteenth Century South Slavonic scribes and scriptoria
(palaeographical attribution and online repertorium)

Research Project Nº KP-06-N50/4 30.11.2020 funded by the National Science Fund of Bulgaria

Contractors: Contractor: Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre and Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Coordinator of the research team: Marco Scarpa

Team members: Marco Scarpa, Veselka Zhelyaskova, Elissaveta Mussakova, Vasya Velinova, Iva Trifonova, Milena Davidović, Constanta Burlacu, Marta Riparante, Desislava Paneva-Marinova, Radoslav Pavlov, Maxim Goynov and Jordan Stoikov.

The objective of this project is to collect data from primary medieval written sources and to present it to the scientific community as a reliable instrument for identifying the provenance and defining the manuscripts currently preserved in libraries.  For the realisation of such a grand objective, the project is foremost investigating that kind of information which makes it possible to attribute medieval texts to individual scribes (copyists, writers, calligraphers), as well as cast further light upon South Slavic scribes from the fourteenth century – a period of high importance for the cultural and historical development of the Balkans, which ultimately influenced the cultural dynamics of Europe in its entirety. The information gathered from the primary sources will then be analysed and processed by an online repertorium, publicly accessible by everyone. The repertorium will be developed based on a solid theoretical foundation and a proved scientific method, both approaches which are currently missing in medieval studies. Additionally, by collecting and classifying the necessary information for an accurate identification of individual scribes, the scientific community will benefit from acquiring new knowledge about the structure and activity of the calligraphic schools in which they were educated and worked.