Dante's Inferno, 14th century (British Library, add. ms. 19587, f.58a). All images by permission of the British Library.
OK, this is only a short passage and the script is easy to read. Why not try your own transcript. Go to the text page. Use a pen and paper. Then check it against ours. Then get yourself a copy of the Inferno from the library, in translation or the original depending on your linguistic proclivities, find the whole passage and scare yourself to death!

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