Calligraphic hand developed in Luxeuil Abbey, in France in the 7th-8th centuries. Either the most beautiful (for its fans) or illegible (for its detractors) uncial handwriting ever, both agree it is difficult, marked by extravagant ligatures, a characteristic "cranked" appearence, the use of capital and small letters, and a free, rather than formal appearence. Born from the Merovingian Charter Hand, it appeared at the nadir of Latin development in the Dark Ages, and as such, is strangely affecting -- here we see writing becoming less a vessel of meaning than a decorative scribble, meant to impress the illiterate laity. In short, we see writing dying out.

Succeeded by the reforms of Alcuin, under Charlemagne, it's still awesome.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.