Christine Cox

Posts tagged ‘5th century’

5th Century: Regional Differences Growing in Roman Script

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

By the 5th century – With the breakup of the Roman Empire, there were growing regional differences to the new Roman cursive script including ascenders and descenders and numerous joins in ligatures between letters. Many letters were precursors to the lowercase forms we use today.

Look what I ran across in an old journal
(Sssh, I’m having a moment here)

learningbycentury

The journal entry that started the Timeline Project

This post is part of an ongoing series on books, miniatures, writing and supports since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

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5th Century: Laced Boards

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

 

Western books from the fifth century onward were bound with pages made from parchment folded and sewn onto strong cords or ligament that were then laced to wooden boards and covered with leather.

Wooden boards – Oak was common in England and France, pine or beech was used in Italy (Italian books feel lighter)

This post is part of an ongoing series on books, miniatures, writing and supports since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

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