Gallican Lectionary, 7th century (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, fonds latin 9427, f.143). All images from Steffens 1929, Plate 25.
Horrible, isn't it? You may be gratified to know that you are most unlikely to encounter this script in the wild unless you are studying some very esoteric aspects of early monastic literacy. However, if you just enjoy a challenge, feel free to try a complete transcript of the page. Use a pen and paper, then check it against ours. I confess I would not be too happy about this one without the cheat sheet from the learned Dr Steffens!

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