The polyglot and poly-alphabetical Middle Ages

An exceptional collection of seven alphabets (two Hebrew, one Greek, one ‘Chaldaean’, one ‘Egyptian’, one runic, and one of obscure origin entitled ‘Norma’) is preserved in a manuscript in the Vatican library ( composed in Northern France or perhaps Germany and dating, probably, from the first half of the 9th century AD. ¬†Written in CarolineContinue reading “The polyglot and poly-alphabetical Middle Ages”

A language learning tip from the 14th century

While I am preparing a post about the work that inspired the name of this blog – the 14th-century¬†Philobiblon (‘The Love of Books’) – here is a lamentation extracted from the same work about the state of scholarship in the first half of the thirteenth century. In chapter 10, the author Richard de Bury criticisesContinue reading “A language learning tip from the 14th century”