Medieval Scripts

The medieval scripts described on the DMMapp Blog are those listed in the Art & Architecture Thesaurus [1]. This list serves as a well defined starting point and gives us solid foundations for further  expand and describe these medieval scripts. The Art & Architecture Thesaurus follows this hierarchy:

Medieval Scripts

Gothic scripts

  • Bastarda
  • Gothic cursive
  • Textura (Gothic script)

Half uncial

Humanistic scripts

  • Antiqua
  • Humanistic cursive

Insular scripts

  • Insular majuscule
  • Insular minuscule

Later Roman cursive

Merovingian scripts

  • Luxeuil script
  • Merovingian chancery script

Older Roman cursive


Rustic capitals

Square capitals


Visigothic minuscule[2]

This list, retrieved from the Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online does not include “Minuscule” and “Majuscule”, as they are defined respectively as Scripts some of whose letters have ascenders or descenders above or below a general base line and top line[3], and Alphabetic scripts whose letters are confined between head and base lines with no ascenders or descenders[4]. Copperplate (script) has also been removed from the list since it represents a style dominant in the 18th century[5] and falls outside of the scope of this “medieval scripts” list.

Additional Resources

References & Footnotes

References & Footnotes
1 “Art & Architecture Thesaurus (Getty Research Institute).” Accessed June 13, 2018.
2 “AAT Hierarchy Display (Getty Research).” Accessed June 13, 2018.
3 “Art & Architecture Thesaurus Full Record Display (Getty Research).” Accessed June 13, 2018.
4 “Art & Architecture Thesaurus Full Record Display (Getty Research).” Accessed June 13, 2018.
5 Dossena, Marina, and Ingrid Marijke Tieken-Boon van Ostade. Studies in Late Modern English Correspondence: Methodology and Data. Linguistic Insights ; Vol. 76. 264763424. Bern [etc.]: Lang, 2008.
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