Medieval Writing

Old Roman scripts

  • square capitals (carved Roman inscription, Latin) Carved Roman inscription found in Dijon, France, showing the original use for this script. No paleography exercise, as this is just for historic interest.
  • square capitals (4th century copy of Virgil) A segment from Virgil's Georgica, from a fragmentary copy believed to be from the 4th century, showing the use of this monumental script for coninuous text in an early high value manuscript. With paleography exercise.
  • rustic capitals (8th century psalter, Latin) A page of prefatory material in the 8th century Vespasian psalter, showing this majuscule script used rather unusually for page text. With paleography exercise.
  • Old Roman cursive (2nd century purchase agreement, Latin) Segment from a purchase agreement of AD 166. As this mercifully never became a medieval script, there is no paleography exercise.

New Roman scripts

  • uncial (6th century gospel, Latin) Page from a Gospel book produced in Italy in the 6th century, text from the Gospel of St Mark. With paleography exercise.
  • uncial (8th century English psalter, Latin) Page from the Vespasian Psalter produced in England in the 8th century. Interlinear gloss in Old English presented in a separate example. Text from Psalm 52. With paleography exercise.
  • half uncial (6th century religious commentary, Latin) Page from an early 6th century copy of the works of St Hilarius of Poitiers. With a paleography exercise, courtesy of the amazing array of translations of obscure early Christian writings that you can get on the web these days.
  • New Roman cursive (4th century personal letter, Latin) Small sample from a 4th century letter on papyrus, discovered in Egypt. No paleography exercise, as it is included only for a bit of historical background.


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