Blackletter

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This teaching module is ſuppoſed to ſhow the baſics of reading blackletter texts. However, for medieval Latin more documentation is neceſsary.

Among other things, the following things have to be expected (mainly for reading Latin):

The ſmall ‘r’ ſometimes looks ſlightly different after ‘o’ and other rounded letters. Alſo, there is a variant of ‘a’. Unfortunately theſe glyphs are currently miſsing from my ſcript teacher. However, ‘r’ rotunda occurs in the ligature for ‘etc.’.
'a''a' a a
'r''r' r r
There is a diacritic for ‘naſaliſed’. This is often ſeen on ‘-um’ endings. It looks like a ſmall hook or ſhort ſtroke. viginti uigīti viginti
'annis' ānis annis
'omnes' oēs omnes
The ‘qz’ ligature is often uſed for ‘que’.
'quinque' q'nqz quinque
There are more abbreviations.
'et' et
'supra' ſup̈ supra
'quadraginta' q̈dragīta quadraginta
'per' per
'suarum' ſua suarum
'singulorum' ſingl'o singulorum
'procederent' .pcederēt procederent
'generationes' gene'ationes generationes
Becaııſe ııı the letters ‘i’, ‘u’, ‘n’, aııd ‘m’ the ııertıcal ſtrokes are ofteıı ııot or oııly barely coııııected aııd the ı dots ıııay be ııııſsıııg aııd becaııſe ‘v’ ıs ofteıı wrıtteıı lıke ‘u’ aııd ‘j’ lıke ‘i’, the texts ıııay be hard to read deſpıte kııowledge of all the ſıııgle letters. It theıı looks lıke thıs paragraph.

Enıoy!

(Henrık Theılıııg)

PS: All examples are from the same picture.

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May 1st, 2007
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