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     Originating in central Europe from the beginnings of the 6th century until the rule of Charlemagne, the Merovingian style is probably the most difficult to read.
The characters are complex and intersecting, with thin spidery lines to the point that they become very difficult to read. This is possibly to avoid forgeries of the texts.
Reproduction was done by people with little knowledge of Latin, who were counting mostly to visual reproduction, hence the many copying errors within the texts we have today.
Although at some point it was considered to be the main writing hand of France, most possibly it was more localized.
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Merovingian miniscule, early 8th century; Homilies of Caesarius of Arles; probably from Luxeuil
© 2004 Natalia Rifai