This segment of text comes from the verso of the leaf, from the beginning of Chapter 45, verses 1 - 9. The sample is considerably enlarged, just to make it resolvable on the screen. How enlarged will depend on the size and resolution of your screen, but on the original the height of this section is 6cm. I need the help of a magnifying glass to properly read the original.

The capital letter at the beginning of each verse is highlighted in red. Abbreviations appear in multitudes.

Purely out of scientific curiosity, I have also included the nearly invisible annotation on the recto, and a demonstration of how to make it visible.
text of annotation
Bible, c.1260. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.

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Medieval Writing
Script sample for this example
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