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Where can you learn the Old English calligraphy alphabet?

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Learn Old English calligraphy, also sometimes referred to as English black letter, by studying old manuscripts or online tutorials, such as the one provided by Calligraphy-Skills.com. This alphabet features sharp corners and bold, thick lines and bold curves.

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Old English letters typically feature dark ink that stands out boldly from the page. Old English black letter writing first appeared in illuminated manuscripts in Europe from the 12th to 20th centuries. For modern readers, this style can be difficult to read, but it may be appropriate for the beginnings of books, titles or decorative lettering.

Some books with Old English black letter writing are in museums. Other ways to study Old English black letter includes reading blogs devoted to typefaces and studying examples of old black letter online. Antique manuscripts or books with Old English lettering often have decorative, ornate illustrations to enhance the text.

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