Ch 'Mr Darcy's equations might have been ancient runes to him.' This pic - Codex Runicus, a vellum manuscript from approximately AD 1300 containing one of the oldest and best preserved texts of the Scanian Law, is written entirely in runes.
The Anglo Saxons spoke Germanic languages and were not very good at reading and writing. Instead They used symbols called runes. Whereas the Britains who were pushed westward understood the Roman language of Latin and could read and write.
Manuscript Case Date: first half century Culture: French Medium: Tortoise Shell and ivory Dimensions: Overall: 4 x 3 x 1 in. x x cm) Classification: Ivories Accession Number: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Manuscript Case