Latin Gothic Cursiva: Transcription


  • The identifying features of Cursiva are a single-story a; loops on the ascenders of b h k l; and descenders on and the straight or long (formerly “tall”) version of s.

  • S is long in the middle of words, where in earlier minuscules you'd expect it to be tall (i.e., to sit on the baseline), and you can see that it is a strong diagonal amid the other letters. You will see the loops on l, and also on d, whose loop turns to the left and crosses back around over itself.

  • Features that this script shares with Textualis include the 2-shaped r in verto at the end of the first line, and abundant minim-confusion. The minim-rich letters i n m u.

  • q with a superscript i = q(u)i.

Exercise 1

Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, MS 25, fol. 3r, 1425-1475