Vespasian Psalter, 8th century (British Library, CottonVespasian A1 f.53r). All photographs by permission of the British Library.
Now those were not so very hard. The letter forms are easy to recognise, but the biggest problem is untangling the word spacing. If you want to give yourself a more challenging test, try a complete transcript of the section from the images on the text pages. Use a pen and paper, and than check it against ours. See how literate you are compared to an 8th century monk.

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Click on each of the above to walk your way through the text. The transcript will appear in a separate window so that you can use it for reference at any time. These exercises are designed to guide you through the text, not test you, so you can cheat as much as you like.
Medieval Writing
Script sample page for uncial script in this example
Script sample page for insular minuscule script in this example
Index of Exercises
Index of Scripts

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