Tag Archives: Middle Ages

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Scriptio continua

The practice of the late Latin scripts often involved writing without any breaks between the words or sentences. This writing mode is known with the definition of scriptio continua, which means ‘continuous writing’. In the previous example, which is in uncial script, we can see et nunc praeceptum hoc in the first two rows, with no […]

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Harley MS 76 fol. 13r. British Library

The Alphabet and the Characters in the Early Middle Ages

In order to appreciate the shift from handwriting to printing, you need to carefully examine how the manuscript characters developed and were used. The learning and use of the characters were a formal process requiring a lot of training and discipline in order to produce a writing in a specific style. The western European languages […]

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Harley MS 76 fol. 13r. British Library

L’alfabeto e i caratteri del primo Medioevo

Per poter apprezzare le modalità del passaggio dalla scrittura manuale alla stampa, occorre esaminare attentamente come si svilupparono e utilizzarono i caratteri dei manoscritti. L’apprendimento e l’uso dei caratteri costituiva un processo formale che necessitava molto addestramento e disciplina per poter produrre una scrittura in uno stile specifico. Le lingue europee occidentali derivano il loro […]

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