It is no secret that there has been a marked decline in handwriting since the Reformation. Think of those magnificent medieval manuscripts which are now the cherished possessions of museums; many of them with beautiful miniature illustrations married to the text, each text a masterpiece of the art of calligraphy.

Neill Kerr registered one such codex, discovered in the archives of St.Peter’s Seminary in Glasgow, as ‘A Book of Hours’, namely, the Prayer of the Church. He published the details in his catalogue of medieval books and codices and estimated 1492 as the date of publication, which was also a good year for discoveries. As someone who was introduced to handwriting with the help of a slate a...

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