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What is the Alcuin® font?

Gudrun Zapf von Hesse designed the first sketches of Alcuin in 1986.
The namesake of this typeface was an advisor of Charlemagne and was responsible for the writing reform of the Carolingian era. Alcuin was born in 735 in England, became an abbot in Tours and died there in 804.
It was the idea of Zapf von Hesse to develop a modern text type based on the forms of the Carolingian minuscule. To create a text type that is excellent for a wide variety of applications, typical handwritten elements had to be discarded while still retaining the flow and character of handwriting. More…
Alcuin with its strong calligraphic expression may be used in books, magazines, and also in the area of printed office communication.

Alcuin® Font families

The Alcuin® includes the following font families:

  • Alcuin Pro Light
  • Alcuin Pro Regular
  • Alcuin Pro Bold
  • Alcuin Pro Extra Bold
  • Alcuin Std Light
  • Alcuin Std Regular
  • Alcuin Std Bold
  • Alcuin Std Extra Bold

Alcuin® Preview

Here is a preview of how Alcuin® will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

You're probably thinking - Is Alcuin® available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Alcuin® is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Alcuin®, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Alcuin® and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Alcuin® is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Alcuin® and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Alcuin®. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Alcuin® for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Alcuin® Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Alcuin® remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Alcuin® and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)