Young scholars learn the alphabet in 17th century England

Throughout time, children have struggled to learn to write the alphabet. On its blog Collation, the Folger Library presents examples of not only 16th and 17th century writing manuals, but actual copy books of English children. One can almost see the clenched teeth of concentration in their work.

The blog includes examples of the letters commonly used at the time, secretary and italic, and examples where young students tried to copy the printed letters, much as modern children do today.