About this Lecture

Why is this script erroneously referred to as Textura Quadrata, or Old English or simply Gothic? How did it evolve from the ProtoGothic or Romanesque? And how did it become the principal script of the Mediaeval Period which then gave rise to the host of other Gothic Scripts?

We will also look at other Gothic Scripts like Semi Quadrata, Northern and Southern Textualis, Fraktur, Batarde, Rotunda as well as variations of these mentioned scripts. The above-mentioned scripts are on the tip of the iceberg of a wealth of other Gothic Scripts used at this era across the geographical regions of Europe and what eventually became known as the United Kingdom.

Fraktur is the reason I chose to be a scribe and Quadrata is the first script I learned so I have a deep vested interest in helping practitioners gain a more profound understanding of the scripts in the Mediaeval Period. I always start my broad edged students on Textualis Quadrata as it gives a good grounding in broad edge nib control. As it is the principal script of the period, it also affords a deeper awareness of letter structure and variations. Learning it is key if you want progress to other gothic scripts. 

I will also look at the types of different capitals used in this period to compliment the minuscules of Textualis Quadrata as well as some of the decoration we see in the Gothic Manuscripts.

As this lecture is a precursor to the workshop on Sunday, I will also discuss why I developed my Geometric Quadrata and the reasons for why I feel it is a simpler architecture upon which to build historical Textualis Quadrata and the many other gothic scripts written in the period.

If you have an interest in the scripts used in this period and feel lost by the terminology out there or want to explore more of the hands used, this lecture is for you. 

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