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Historical Scripts - Decorated Letters

Illuminated letters are often used as headings or to denote beginnings or verses or text. Often "Versals" are used which are a "built-up" version of Roman Capitals. Versals are written with multiple strokes of the pen at many angles. Uncial or Half-Uncial letters are also used to start important pieces of text.

Most significant about these letters is the "illumination" or fixing of real gold to the paper. The gold is glued to the paper and then burnished to a high shine.