Esmeralda (Sudtipos, 2013) was chosen for the jacket typography of Disability and the Tudors. The monumental typeface by Guille Vizzari is used in all caps, with its Discretionary Ligatures feature activated. This triggers unconventional capital ligatures like ND, but also nested glyphs for LI, TH, or DO. The uncial E in “All the Kings’ Fools” is offered as a stylistic alternate, or via Stylistic Set 02. The author’s name combines nested glyphs with some swash forms.
Throughout history, how society treated its disabled and infirm can tell us a great deal about the period. Challenged with any impairment, disease or frailty was often a matter of life and death before the advent of modern medicine, so how did a society support the disabled amongst them?