Reverse detail from Kakelbont MS 1, a fifteenth-century French Psalter. This image is in the public domain. Daniel Paul O'Donnell

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Insular Script

Posted: Mar 08, 2007 12:03;
Last Modified: May 23, 2012 19:05


Here is a basic listing of letters in an insular script. The letters are from a manuscript of the early eleventh century.

Insular character
Modern equivalent a b c d e f g h i l m
Insular character
Modern equivalent n o p r s t ð þ u ƿ y

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  1. Nick Olcott (Tue Jun 28, 2011 (07:04:01)) [PermLink]:

    I inherited a chair, supposedly from an English cathedral, with carved text on it in an alphabet I can’t decipher. Much of it is Roman, but there are letter I don’t find in either Insular Script or Carolignian Minuscule. If I sent you a picture, might you be able to help me determine the script?

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