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Medieval Fonts and Art


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he Middle Ages saw calligraphy and book decoration emerge as significant art forms. The demands of church and government administration as well as the birth of popular literature created a huge demand for written documents. Decorative manuscripts began to become popular with a wider audience, courts and governments required more and more record keeping, and troubadour ballads and the writings of authors like Chaucer and Boccaccio created a market for literature among the growing middle class. All of this required new and better forms of writing, styles which were readable, consistent, efficient to produce, and often decorative as well.

ur Medieval Fonts and Art package features a selection of fonts and art based on designs from the Middle Ages, emphasizing the years from 1100 to 1400. The 25 fonts include versions of the major popular lettering styles of this period (Froissart, Offenbach, Cadeaulx, Textura Quadrata, etc) as well as more unsuual and decorative styles (Aneirin, Magdeburg, Roncesvalles), illuminated initials from the period (Arberth, Jongeleur, Fraticelli, etc.), and some special extras like Monumental Gothic and Ardenwood which combine illuminated letters and full regular character sets. lso included is our extraordinary set of fonts based on medieval tile designs by Owen Jones. The package includes a total of 25 unique fonts.


The collection includes much more than just a fine selection of fonts. It also features a selection of borders, frames and other decorative elements based on medieval designs. These decorations include designs by Evelyn Paul and Owen Jones based on medieval source material and ready to use in your designs. They give you everything you need to make an illuminated document with a true medieval look.


ll the fonts in this package are historically accurate and they are not available from any other source. The package is available for Windows or the MacOS, and includes both TrueType and Postscript fonts. The total price is only $89 for all the fonts and the decorative illumination elements. You can order our Medieval font and art collection directly for delivery on CD by phone from 1-512-656-8011, or you can purchase the package online, just - CLICK HERE TO ORDER

If you like this package look for our new Arthurian Fonts & Art collection coming soon.

Roncesvalles is based on samples of medieval calligraphy. It features a traditioanl lower case character set with unique decorative capital letters featuring unusual flourishes. You can download and try out Roncesvalles for either Windows or MacOS, or you can purchase this font online and get it quickly by email, including all the alternate and additional characters – BUY IT NOW

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10 Responses to “Medieval Fonts and Art”

  1. Mark Wukas on March 25th, 2009

    Great Medieval stuff. How about a nice Carolingian uncial?

  2. ReNee' J Kass on March 27th, 2009

    I purchased most of the midieval fonts package last year. Can I order the individual fonts that are new to the site? Also, when will the new Arthurian fonts and art be available?

  3. Alex McFadden on April 17th, 2009

    Your fonts are marvelous, however, the cost is prohibitive.

    Conveniently, the Font Club doesn’t feature anything that makes the investment worthwhile through the club. The presentation leads the buyer to believe that there must be something impressive included in the club… Unfortunately, this is not the case, unless you like a membership with all the unimpressive fonts that are the bargain basement variety and do not include any of the better packages.

  4. Dave on April 17th, 2009

    Alex, it’s hard to imagine prices lower for original fonts of this quality, at least if you buy them in the packages we’ve assembled. Typically they run about $2 per font in those packages.

    As for the Font Club, it’s not designed as a discount program, it’s a way to subscribe to new fonts as they are released, which is an entirely different concept. And it does get you those fonts at about a 80% discount.

    Dave

  5. Dave on April 17th, 2009

    Mark: We actually have several Carolingian uncials. A couple are in the Viking Fonts package, but it might not be a bad idea to put together an early medieval package at some point with Carolingian, Merovingian and early Gothic fonts.

    Renee: All fonts are available individually. The newest ones are listed on the right side of the page. As for the Arthurian package, it’s still in the works. There’s a lot of art for it which needs to be processed.

    Dave

  6. Rick on May 28th, 2009

    Great fonts. The digital world seems to be lacking high quality, historically accurate Anglo-Saxon Minuscule (square and round) fonts. Any chance? Thanks.

  7. Dave on May 29th, 2009

    Rick, try a search using the search products option for Lindisfarne, Durrow and Newgrange.

    Dave

  8. Annie Hartley on October 27th, 2010

    I need lots of free stuf for Illuminations.For example Initials & borders.I create Medieval hand painted Illuminated Manuscripts.Any Ideas Are welcome.

  9. tyler on January 2nd, 2013

    ripped those plates straight out of grammar of ornament… kinda cheating aint it?

  10. Dave on January 3rd, 2013

    Well, we bought the book, it’s long out of copyright and we digitized and cleaned up the images at high resolution for people to use, so it seems like a pretty good deal to include it in this package.

    Dave

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