Psalm 109

This page shows a decorated initial D in a typically Winchester style with heavy gilding and luxuriant acanthus-plant ornament. The beautiful round script of this manuscript — an English version of the script promoted throughout the Carolingian Empire, Caroline minuscule — inspired Edward Johnston, a great calligrapher of the early twentieth century, to invent his ‘foundational hand’, on which much modern calligraphy is based.

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