Blackletter fonts, often also referred to as gothic script fonts, are an old style of fonts that dates back to the 12th century. Today, you can see them digitalized and used in typographic artwork, though it is rare to see them used as display fonts. In this font collection, you will find some lovely and free blackletter fonts.

1. Cloister Blackletter

By typesetter and type designer Dieter Steffmann, Cloister Blackletter is a popular gothic script font. See it used in Heinritzh Sales’s illustration tutorial, Creating Complex Style Illustrations: A Process.

Cloister Blackletter

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2. Blackletter

Another strong and interesting font by Steffmann, Blackletter has sharp, pointed ends at the bottom of the letters’ stems.

Blackletter

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3. Canterbury Old English

The Canterbury Old English font embodies the spirit of the European medieval period.

Canterbury Old English

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4. Bertholdr Mainzer Fraktur

German CAD and font designer Peter Wiegel designed this blackletter font that has tight ligatures and excellent contours.

Bertholdr Mainzer Fraktur

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5. Rochester

Roger White, who recreates fonts using scanned artwork, designed Rochester, an expressive gothic script font.

Rochester

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6. ManuskriptGotisch

This font is based on a manuscript that dates back to 1514 by a printer who lived in Paris, France named Wolfgang Hopyl.

ManuskriptGotisch

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7. Kingthings Spikeless

A variant of Kingsthings Spike, this homage to blackletter fonts has fewer flourishes and is more legible than the original.

Kingthings Spikeless

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8. TypoasisBoldGothic

German type designer and writer Manfred Klein created this strong, thick, and organic gothic script font.

TypoasisBoldGothic

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9. Hartwig-Schrift

The Hartwig-Schrift font is a bold German font face that appears to be very calligraphic in nature. The font’s compact aesthetic is due to its small amount of tracking.

Hartwig-Schrift

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10. Germanica

Paul Lloyd, a type designer in Australia and a transplant from the UK, designed this bold gothic script font.

Germanica

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Jacob Gube is the co-founder of Design Instruct. Join him on Twitter @sixrevisions