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Gothic Textualis: Transcription

Transcription Exercise 2

Transcribe the entire page.

Hints and helps

Although this hand is very clear and careful, reading a script composed almost entirely of matching minims and hairline strokes takes some getting used to.

Abbreviations: You should be able to decipher most of the abbreviations here based on what you already know, but some look rather different because of the script. The end of line 11 reads:

detail from showing Latin abbreviation     (um) (et) c(etera)

First comes the 2-shaped r, which we discussed in this unit's scripts/paleography lesson, with a stroke—here a very elaborate stroke—through the last stroke of the r to stand for the omitted final -um. Then comes the 7-shaped Tironian et, here in the later Gothic style with a stroke through it, followed by a c with a flourishy mark of abbreviation for c(etera).

The end of line 7 in the second column has a superscript mark that looks a bit like an a and stands for an omitted ra.

The last word on the page is an S followed by a stylized 3-like shape that signals an abbreviation by suspension. The word is S(ed). (That 3-like shape sometimes looks more like a semi-colon, and it can stand for various things in other contexts.)


Transcribe all the lines.

Köln, Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek, Cod. 149, f. 50r.
Transcription Answer Key

Column 1
1. tes in pri-
2. mis glori-
3. ose semper
4. uirg(in)is ma-
5. rie genitri-
6. cis eiusdem
7. dei et domi-
8. ni n(ost)ri ie(s)u
9. chr(ist)i. Sed et
10. beatorum
11. ap(osto)lor(um) (et) c(etera).
12. In festo pe(n)-

Column 2
1. thecostes i(n)-
2. fra actione(m).
3. Co(m)mu-
4. nican-
5. tes et diem
6. sacratissi-
7. mu(m) celeb(ra)n-
8. tes. quo sp(iritu)s
9. s(an)c(t)us ap(osto)lis
10. in numeris
11. linguis ap-
12. paruit. S(ed)