The old Medieval style fonts are a calligraphic style that is today largely used for awards and certificates. It is too bad in a way because some of the type is very beautiful. Here are a number of examples of Medieval-styled fonts, with not much of a story to go with them. In fact there is no story at all, just a bunch of names and numbers.

The typeface above is called BeneScriptine. It is a fairly traditional "Old-English" style, though it was inspired by a nineteenth century typeface.

AlbertBetenbuch, above, was inspired by calligraphy from Albert Duerer. It also makes very pretty certificates.

OldHaroldRee is a pun as well as a typeface. The lower-case letters were developed as part of a calligraphic Fraktur face, and the upper-case letters were then added to make it more of an Old-English font. It comes in two weights, plain and bold. This is the plain style.

Phraxtured is a Fraktur typeface inspired by an 120-year-old German language publication that was aimed at German immigrants to the US. Fraktur faces were the primary German typefaces until the twentieth century. Use of the calligraphic typefaces for text quickly died out in most of the rest of Europe soon after the invention of the printing press.

PhederFract is a calligraphic version of Fraktur. You might note that the lower case letters are the same as in OldHaroldRee. This typeface comes in three weights, thin, plain and bold. This is the plain version.

Fraktur always had variations, and this is one attempt at a variation inspired by a typeface from the nineteenth century. It comes in both plain and bold, and the above is the bold version. Below you will see a decorated version, with a line shadow.

NeuAltischShadowed is the name of the above face.

This is a medieval looking typeface from a different tradition. There was so much variety and class in the old medieval faces that it is painful to see how neglected they are and how popular stuff like grunge is. This face comes in two variations, one thinner and one bolder. It is called Gothemberg and this is the bolder version.

This is the end of the medieval-faces. Next you can view some scripts.

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