While the letters are angular in the Gothic style and the script is truly cursive, there is a clear and wide letter and wording spacing, which makes it relatively easy to read. The red vertical lines divide the text into segments, as a form of punctuation for reading aloud. A double diagonal slash, enhanced with red, at the end of a line serves as a hyphen if a word continues on to the next line. It appears to be set out to guide the reader who is perhaps not as fluent as a scholarly reader.
Book of Hours, c.1500. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.

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