Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Editing Historical Documents

Interesting discussion about whether to "modernize" historical documents

"Bentinck’s script is fascinating. I originally found it difficult to discern, but after some work it became and easier to interpret and understand. He wrote in a languid, free-flowing style, one that is reflected both in his handwriting – which is so unhurriedly elegant as to be essentially illegible in places – and his prose, which is collected, mildly repetitious and distinguished by Bentinck’s use of inconsistent abbreviation and idiosyncratic punctuation.

"This raises the interesting question of whether a historian ought to impose their own punctuation and spelling on the text upon which they are working."

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