Diploma of Charlemagne of AD 781 (Marburg, K. Preussisches Staatsarchiv). (All images from Steffens 1929, Plate 41)
Because this script is so difficult to read, the exercises are modified to make it a bit easier. For each example, pass the cursor slowly over the sample image. The individual letters or combinations of letters will appear in the text box beside it. Then type the whole text into the answer box and check it. Got it?

If you are still here and are feeling really strong, you might go to the text pages and try to read through them word by word with the transcript. If you are feeling masochistic, you could even try your own transcript and check it against ours.
This particularly horrible handwriting sample was included by special request of a user. I hope he enjoys it as much as I have.

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Click on each of the above to walk your way through the text. The transcript will appear in a separate window so that you can use it for reference at any time. These exercises are designed to guide you through the text, not test you, so you can cheat as much as you like.
Medieval Writing
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Index of Exercises
Index of Scripts

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