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You have the yfonts package that provides several styles of Fraktur fonts. It's quite old and stable and should be part of all the standard TeX distributions (I just checked it is present in TeX Live, but don't have access to MiKTeX).

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yfonts is available in MikTex miktex.org/packages/yfonts – Seamus Aug 1 '10 at 15:15
Thanks. It seemed obvious but I was just too lazy to check it as I don't use MiKTeX myself. – Arthur Reutenauer Aug 1 '10 at 15:25

A good place to look for questions such as this is the LaTeX Font Catalogue. This page shows how to use a Fraktur font.

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The LaTeX font catalog has a Blackletter section. Or if you are using XeTeX or another environment that can deal with TrueType fonts, take a look at Dieter Steffmann's amazing collection of free, historic, mostly German typefaces.

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If you are using XeTeX / XeLaTeX take a look at the "Unifraktur" project at http://unifraktur.sourceforge.net Although the site is written in German language you might be able to find the "download" section.

They offer only 2 blackletter fonts, "UnifrakturMaguntia" and "UnifrakturCook", but these work perfectly with XeTeX. (These are Unicode fonts, i.e. the "long s" (ſ) is positioned at its official Unicode position. Nothing more is needed for typing a text, especially all ligatures (which are quite essential in blackletter fonts) are automatically set by XeTeX, as long as you don't manually prevent this [wherever necessary] by the usual "no ligature" macro.)

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If you don't mind installing your own fonts (see, for example, Displaying medieval scriptures and neumes in TeX), one of the greatest sources I've found is at


You will find many, many varieties of fonts there, including fraktura, rotunda, textura, Schwabacher, and other more modern forms.

Other, lesser sources include:



and for non-blackletter



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