(Illustration) Shakespeare wrote in early modern English. Readers of medieval manuscripts have the secondary task of learning what can amount to a different language.
For those of us who are wholly obsessed with the history of writing, with the smell of paper and how to cut a fine quill pen, and for whom an illuminated medieval manuscript is the culmination of human achievement, here’s an article showing great online resources for paleography: reading the handwriting of generations past.
As a medievalist, I studied this stuff in grad school. But my interest began long before that. I’ve even made the arcane ideographic Messenger Script calligraphy central to the story of my novel, so I stumbled on this nice reference while doing some research.
It’s sad to think–if the teaching of cursive has indeed gone the way of sheepskin vellum–that the literacy of future generations will only be as flexible as the number of fonts in their version of Windows.
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This makes me sad too, Gabriella. Thank you for sharing. 💜
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Well, I haven’t actually seen it first-hand, yet–someone who couldn’t read cursive. But to think you’d have to specialize just to be able to read early 20th century vital records…
I like the post!
That’s why I wrote this book: https://nationalautismresources.com/read-cursive-fast/ — READ CURSIVE FAST teaches cursive reading to anyone who can read print, no matter how they write (or IF they write), usually within 2-3 hours.
Handwriting should be an open book … so, have your kids open this one.