Uncial the formal book hand of the 5th to the 8th centuries

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UNCIAL was the formal book hand used from the 5th to the 8th centuries. There is no distinction between miniscule letters and capitals, the 1st letter of a line of text simply being written larger than the rest. It derives from Roman cursive hands and was used well into the 12th century for headings and important sections of text.

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Uncial is rounded, rhythmic, and easy to read and is best used for long lines of text. The letters are well spaced, the spacing reflecting and balancing the space inside the letter forms.