Guide to Scripts Used in English Writings up to 1500

Jane Roberts

Guide to Scripts Used in English Writings up to 1500
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Jane Roberts

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328 pages | illustrated throughout | 8 x 11 | © 2005, 2008
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780712309035 Published March 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Despite a resurgence of interest in the history of the English language, this work is the only book available to introduce readers to the scripts used in Old and Middle English writing. The best way to understand changes in scripts across time is through visual examples, and this highly illustrated book reveals precisely how Middle English is different from Old English and how these gradual changes have developed. Images from important literary texts such as Caedmon’s “Hymn” and the Lindisfarne Gospels demonstrate the chronological progression of the writing.



Some symbols used and other miscellaneous information



1. General Introduction
    Overview of the period
    Preserving the past
    The naming of scripts
    A note on the transcriptions
    A note on the abbreviations

Coloured Plates Section

2. Insular Background

3. Anglo-Saxon Minuscule

4. English Caroline Minuscule

5. Protogothic

6. The Gothic System of Scripts: Gothic Textualis

7. The Gothic System of Scripts: Anglicana

8. The Gothic System of Scripts: Secretary

9. Afterword



    Names of people and places in the plates
    People named in the commentaries to the plates
    Index of manuscript pages discussed
    Index of other manuscript pages reproduced, tables, etc.

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