The second section of the page shows the Caroline minuscule script, with which the rest of this exercise will concern itself. This might be considered the purest reformed version of the script. The ligatures which characterised the formal minuscule scripts that predated this style have all been removed, replaced by clearly defined individual letters. The script has not yet developed some of the little mannerisms it displayed at a later date. There is punctuation and word spacing, although some smaller words tend to run together sometimes. Abbreviation marks are simple little curvy slashes above the letters.
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Latin Vulgate Bible, 9th century. British Library add. ms. 10546. (From Fairbank 1952, Pl.7)

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