Learn to read historic handwriting

Provides you with hundreds of exercises drawn from original manuscripts

Start Now

Simple

Practice and test yourself with just a mouse click or on your mobile phone – and get instant feedback on your ability to correctly read a manuscript.

Educational

Example transcriptions are provided by scholars and experts in the field of palaeography. Explore the fascinating world of ancient writing.

Flexible

As a teacher or palaeographer you can add your own manuscripts and make them available to your students, or interest group.

Contributors

Newest Documents

Private cursive letter, 1696

This document is a private german cursive letter, written by Johann Philipp Palthen (1672-1710), from 1696. The original is in possession of the University Library Greifswald.

Military Textbook, 1879

This is a textbook about military science for students of Military Academy class in 1894/95. It contains three parts: 1. Military Geography by Milivoj J. Nikolajević 2. Statistics by Milivoj J. Nikolajević 3. International War Law by Mulitin Miljković.

Easy Learning - "Krambambuli", Cöntgen Kanzley, German

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "Krambambuli" in Cöntgen Kanzley script. "Krambambuli" is a story by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach first published in her cycle Dorf- und Schlossgeschichten (1883).

Easy Learning - "Lenz", Cöntgen Kanzley, German

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "Lenz" in Cöntgen Kanzley script. "Lenz" is a novella fragment written by Georg Büchner in Strasbourg in 1836. It is based on the documentary evidence of Jean Frédéric Oberlin's diary.

Documents For Beginners

Letters to the Government of Bengal, 1790

Copies of letters sent to the Government of Bengal by botanists, including Robert Kyd and Dr William Roxburgh, reporting on the cultivation of Mawah and Teak trees, the discovery of a new species of Indigo (Nerium tinctorium), and attempts to propagate the Cochineal insect in the Calcutta Nopalry garden. The letters are written in a large, consistent italic cursive. The writer often embellishes capital letters with flourishes, and uses ampersands (&). Contracted words are often indicated with superscript final letters.

Easy Learning - "Pride and Prejudice", 18th Century Kurrent, English

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "Pride and Prejudice" in 18th Century Kurrent script. Pride and Prejudice is a romantic novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential.

Easy Learning - "The Secret Adversary", Cöntgen Kanzley, English

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "The Secret Adversary" in Cöntgen Kanzley script. "The Secret Adversary" is the second published detective fiction novel by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in January 1922 in the United Kingdom.

Easy Learning - "Erlkönig", Wiegel script, English

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of the "Erlkönig" in Wiegel script. "Erlkönig" is a ballad written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1782. This version has been translated and written by Edgar Alfred Bowringin 1853.