The script at the top of the left column is a large and clear insular minuscule.
This changes in the middle of a line to a much more pointed form.
The script of the main text is very broad, clear and deliberate.
Bede Historiae Ecclesiasticae Gentis Anglorum, a 9th century copy (British Library, Cotton Tiberius C II, f.34). All images by permission of the British Library.

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