Gothic / black-letter script evolved from Carolingian in the later middle ages, circa 1200 AD, became the dominant handwriting from the 12C until the Italian Renaissance (1400–1600 AD). It was not as clear as Carolingian, but was narrower, darker & denser. The dot above the i was added to differentiate it from the similar strokes of the n, m, & u. The u was created as separate from the v, which had been used for both sounds. Compact handwriting saved space, as parchment was expensive...

Pics of gothic letters: The alphabet of German black letters shown in Fig. 35 is taken from a very beautiful example of Gothic black letter devised by

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Post 4 - Type Classifications // This is clearly a blackletter typeface because it is dense, dark and heavy.

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