Harley 1775, f.193

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Copies of the Four Gospels were one of the most commonly produced manuscripts. This one was written in Italy in the last quarter of the sixth century in a beautiful rounded script called ‘uncial’. Uncial is slower to write than some other types of handwriting, and takes up more space, making books more expensive to produce. However, the result is clear and easily legible. The scribe has used a form of punctuation called ‘per cola et commata’ instead of full stops and commas (which had not yet been invented), separating the phrases into sense units. This method of presentation is still used today for poetry.  
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