Carolingian miniscule

A calligraphy script in use in Europe from the 8th through the 11th century. Carolingian minuscule was created partly under the patronage of the Emperor Charlemagne (hence Carolingian). It was significantly more legible than earlier scripts and offered new features, such as spacing between words and lower-case letters. Also called Caroline miniscule. Web resource here.

Detail from Cod. Sang. 317 (p. 9).  St. Gall Abbey Library.  St. Gall, Switzerland. Ninth century.