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Since retiring from the process of using my various educational accomplishments and work experiences for the vulgar process of earning money, I have been devoting some time and effort to interesting concepts in teaching medieval history through new technology. Unfortunately, the new technology keeps developing faster than the projects can be completed, but the modern web does allow things to be updated. Apart from that, I am a grandmother of four and donkey owner trying to combine modern technology with living a simple life like we did in the olden days. Yes, that is an old photo. Look at the computer. I've aged better than it has.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Gothic Book Hands


The most recent addition to Medieval Writing is The History of Gothic Book Hands. Not exactly the most original of topics, and probably to be found in more detail in every paleography book ever written, but I guess it should be there. In fact, it should have been there a long time ago, and now it is. In the course of preparing that I kept finding lots of other things that should be there, so I guess I will have to get to work.

3 comments:

Jonathan Jarrett said...

A tour de force, as ever, useful and irreverent. I am now puzzling furiously about the Freudian significance of enlarged w's in royal documents...

Dianne said...

Ah yes, I call it the English celebration w. As it occurs around the time of the Hundred Years War, I suspect it is a way of saying to the French, "Guess what, we've got one of these and you haven't! Nyaaah, nyaaah, nyaaah!" My medievalist husband says that is just daft.

Jonathan Jarrett said...

Well, I'd have thought there might be some mileage at the time in differentiating the language like that. It does smack rather of the myth of the two-fingered salute but I'm sure that with enough post-modern buzzwords it could become an irrefragable theory!