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This script is heavily ligatured. Some letter combinations appears as ligatures in some cases, and not in others. This is just a sample.
Homilies of St Maximus of Turin , 7th century (Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, C.98, parte inferiore, f.89). All images from Steffens 1929, Plate 25.

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