Hey, I am just looking for a really simple timeline approach to how this happened. Okay so correct me if I'm wrong, but Anglo-Saxon britain in the beginning would of used Runic writing which became the Anglo-Saxon runes. Then came the old latin alphabet. Old English alphabet may refer to Anglo-Saxon runes (futhorc), a runic alphabet used to write Old English from the 5th century Old English Latin alphabet, a Latin-derived alphabet used to write Old English from the 9th to the 12th centuries "Old English was first written in runes (futhorc) but shifted to a (minuscule) half-uncial script of the Latin alphabet introduced by Irish Christian missionaries from around the 9th century." This is where I get confused. If the alphabet went from a germanic runic script to a latin alphabet how did the irish create it? Is the word script here "half-unical script" meaning the same thing as Latin and Cyrillic script mean today, was it a separate script or just a font? How did irish create a font that looks exactly like the latin one, if they were influences by it did they simply stylize it? I am completely confused how this came to be. At this time would the Latin Alphabet of the romans (or sorry not at this time but the time that romans were in britain before the saxon invasion) didn't the roman latin alphabet already look like our contemporary latin scripts used in europe? Mind is boggled. Addition: Also information about the change to the Insular script and what it is would be helpful. I don't understand basically how if the Roman Latin alphabet was already exactly the same as the script we use today, yet Irish seem to have made one similar but stylized (influenced by - but how, were romans ever in Ireland? etc..) that got used first?