Monday, April 5, 2010


William the Conqueror, as penitence, founded and built the Abbey for Men in 1067. The Abbey’s church, the Romanesque style Église St-Etienne, is the finest church of cathedral size and scale in Caen, France. This is an inscribed foundation stone from the Church’s Gothic ambulatory, which was built later in the thirteenth-century.

Because of the deterioration it’s difficult to determine clearly the typographic style. However, the incised letterforms suggest, perhaps, a Latin inscription in Roman “Square Capitals”, which were usually written without word spacing or punctuation. It could be my imagination but the carved letters feel Anglo-Saxon with a hint of Gaelic.

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