I don’t suppose these young Renaissance enthusiasts changed the fonts in their instant messengers to Carolingian minuscule for texting while in character. Carolingian minuscule was developed in the middle ages (the “Dark Ages” to the Renaissance humanists) during the reign of Charlemagne, but those very humanists thought that the Carolingian minuscule script was so beautiful that it had come from their beloved Roman Empire. So much so, that the humanists mistook old Carolingian manuscripts from the 8th and 9th centuries as original ancient Roman manuscripts. Since the humanists failed in their backward quest to restore the glory of the Roman Empire, the Renaissance didn’t happen as it was supposed to. Scientific inquiry, experimentation, and observation, theology, economics, education, etc. of the time proved that so many things from the Roman Empire were wrong, “the Renaissance” is the high middle ages and the early modern period. However, it seems to me young people in costume, on their phones texting at a Renaissance Faire is true to the Renaissance.
Protodawn, predawn, dawn
37 thoughts on “Carolingian Minuscule Anyone?”
The things we learn with you, Tim! And I love the irony of the photo – Renaissance texting.
Lovely skies, too!
Thanks, Dale. I’m happy you learned something.
Always open to learnin’!
You’ll learn you something!
Tim, interesting Renaissance history that I didn’t know. And the dawn sky Is incredible. Your NM skies are so much more beautiful than SoCal. 📚🎶 Christine
Thanks, Christine. NM is the Land of Enchantment.
That was informative and engaging. Gorgeous sky photos! Tonight’s sunset was breathtaking! I was thrilled to have my camera with me.
Excellent. We have a very boring sunset. Dawn is looking good again. Thanks, Michele.
Love it! Had no idea about this at all. Love those skies too!
I looked up the two types of script. Carolingian minuscule script seems much more legible. I’ve never been to a Renaissance fair. Looks like fun.
Those are beautiful dawn sky photos – colorful and textured clouds.
Brilliant. In every way. I remember once in Tilos seeing a group of girls in traditional costume–I think it was some dance thing–and like that they all had their mobiles out and were texting away. I wasn’t fast enough on the camera button.
I missed a lot of othe Renaissance mobile phone madness shots because of the masses. Thanks, Shey.
Well, I doubt they’d be ‘texting’ back then 😂😂! Can you imagine a Renaissance person beaming to our world? I wonder how many seconds he’d last! 🤣
On the other hand, he’d choose to stay because of your breathtaking skies! 🙏🏻
Thanks, Marina. Have you seen the movie “Les visiteurs”? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108500/ A night and a squire get transported to modern-day France. It’s hilarious.
I haven’t but it sounds like I should!😉
It’s a really fun movie.
I’d never heard of Carolingian minuscule, but when I did an internet search, I recognized it. Stunning dawn series!
Old Charlemagne came closest to a true Renaissance when he tried to standardize Latin. That’s when the Europeans learned they didn’t speak Latin anymore, but instead they Spanish, French, Italian, etc. Charlemagne got writing cleaned up, legible, and with punctuation for his efforts to standardize Latin.
Thank you for the additional information, Tim. I didn’t know this part of Chalemagne’s history.
He was quite an interesting man.
What’s the morning star in the gorgeous protodawn photo, Tim? Your fun history lesson, partly about anachronism, is told with perspicacity. 🙂
The crescent moon looks like a star in the upper left of the first photo and in the center of the second photo. Thanks, Mary Jo. Those creative anachronists have a way of bringing out the perspicacity in me. 🤪
And those skies!
Love that image of creative anachronism at its best.
Thanks, Maj & Sher.
this was a fun new history lesson for me Tim. Beautiful pics
Hey Tim …I like that script. And I very much like those skies of yours
Love the history, Tim! I’m def a history buff!
A cell phone juxtaposition funny for sure.
Creative anachronists. Thanks, Resa.
I’m personally just glad the young people are out of the house.
True. You have to give them credit for getting out. Thanks, Brian.