Richard Rufus of Cornwall
On Original Sin
The letter g is a fun letter to study, because it varies so much.
These many variations in its appearance can sometimes be used to date a manuscript or identify where it was written. Like other evidence based on the formation of individual letters of the alphabet, however, it should be supplemented by information about the script as a whole and other letters.
Here are some fun examples of g, with provenance:
Practice with letter g
Which of the following forms are not g?
Read some words with letter g:
Two common abbreviations with g
Two of the most common abbreviations in gothic manuscripts are made with g. They both mean the same thing: "therefore."
It is often the case that it is hard to tell which is which. If a scribe writes in a cursive hand and connects the i-stroke with the g below,
and makes a little loop, then what he intended as an igitur will look like an ergo.
Which word in the phrase above is one of the two abbreviations?
Which abbreviation is it?
Challenge: Read the phrase!
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