Characteristics Of Gothic Littera Bastarda

Gothic Littera Bastarda evolved as scribes sought to imitate the look of Gothic Textura without expending as much effort. Since it takes less time to write a curve than several straight strokes, this script is much curvier than Gothic Textura Quadrata. Strokes became exaggerated, resulting in horns on the tops of curved letters like 'e' and 'a'. The exaggerated strokes also resulted in very tall and sometimes bend ascenders, as well as pointed descenders. This script has more cursive elements than Gothic Textura Quadrata due to the need for faster, smaller writing.

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