Bold blackletter lends itself to various kinds of surface decoration. The ribbon is probably the most popular.
T he blackletter style is often called gothic. This can cause confusion. The Goths were a an East Germanic tribe that by the fourth century had an alphabet of its own. It looks nothing like blackletter, which came along nine hundred years later.
Gothic is also the name of several typeface styles, some with small serifs, others with none.
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