[Sca-cooks] runic script
Stefan li Rous
stefanlirous at austin.rr.com
Fri Jan 29 23:39:32 PST 2010
Aelina the Saami said:
<<< Since it was laborious to write in runic form many educated
"Vikings" wrote in Latin or had the monks scribe for them......>>>
I'd be interested in knowing what you base this on. Scripts tend to
be optimized for the material and tools being used to write with. If
they aren't optimum, they tend to get modified. Writing in soft clay
results in different scripts than writing on paper. Paper usually ends
up with different scripts than that used to scribe rock or mark on
wood. Stamping in wood different from pyrography (burning characters
From what I've glanced at in runes, I would say they are optimized
for chipping into stone. Runes are faster and more clearly written in
stone than Latin script. Latin script may be faster on paper or
parchment when using a pen. Runes are not inherently more laborious
than other scripts.
Also in period the definition of "literacy" was being able to write,
specifically, in Latin. So "educated" and "literate" may vary
depending upon who definitions you use.
Info on literacy:
literacy-msg (18K) 2/ 4/08 Literacy levels in the Middle Ages.
per-literacy-art (8K) 7/26/94 Would your persona have been
Info on scripts:
Paleo-Scribes-art (25K) 9/ 5/97 "An Introduction to Palaeography
scrpt-develop-art (57K) 6/20/00 "Societal Influences on Script
by Mistress Aquilanne Grace.
I'm glad you put "Vikings" in quotations. Viking is more of a job
description than an ethnic group or culture.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
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