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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780470656327.2014.x


Inscriptions, Non-Runic, remain or are recorded in a wide variety of ecclesiastical and secular contexts: on buildings, on memorial stones, on stone * crosses and on portable objects. Most of the texts are short and are in Latin or Old English, if they consist of more than names. (The commonest non-runic inscriptions, those on * coins , are conventionally excluded from epigraphic studies and left to numismatists.) Coins apart, most inscriptions cannot be very precisely dated, although examples survive from throughout the Anglo-Saxon period from the later seventh century onwards. Most of the inscriptions are in capitals derived from Roman ‘square capitals’ but frequently including non-classical forms. Initially (around the seventh century) the models came from Italy and Gaul. The Carolingian revival of square capitals in manuscripts and for inscriptions had some impact in the last century or so before the Conquest. There were sometimes very close links between the lettering of manuscripts and that of inscriptions, as can be seen in the ‘Insular’ decorative capitals used in several inscriptions of about the eighth century from the north of England. These capitals are very similar to the display script of manuscripts such as the * Lindisfarne Gospels. All the non-runic inscriptions are in the Roman alphabet with the exception of occasional uses of Greek alpha and omega and an ogam-like ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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