a typeface by Feòrag

Hergest is based on handwriting from the Red Book of Hergest (Llyfr Coch Hergest). This manuscript is the primary source of the Mabinogion, and more information about it can be found at Mary Jones' website. The manuscript has been digitised as part of the Oxford University Early Manuscripts Imaging Project, and is available online. The style is somewhere in-between half-uncial and blackletter, and this font takes advantage of Unicode with a large number of glyphs, including accented characters for eastern European languages, Irish and Welsh, plus a selection of characters for old European languages. The font also includes a long-s, and the usual ligatures.

The image below gives a sample of some of the characters included in the font:

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