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Lost Art of Cursive Writing: Laments and Shrugs

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New York Times -- As a medievalist who regularly works with manuscripts, I perversely enjoy deciphering my students’ atrocious penmanship. But your article about the demise of cursive raises an important issue about reading skills.

History is littered with forgotten scripts and the consequent loss of documents. When 12th-century Spanish monasteries applied the French Cluniac Reforms, they adopted a newfangled Gothic script. Countless manuscripts became virtually unreadable in the space of a few generations, lost to posterity when no one could determine why to preserve them. (Full Story)

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