During the ninth century a reform in handwriting occurred from which was developed a script of small letters in a running hand call minuscule. This cursive script became popular for the production of books.
A lower case letter. Nib: The pen point. Nib Width: The width of any broad-edged tool. A letter written at 4 nib widths high will appear twice as heavy as one written at 8 nib widths high with the same pen (see illustration above).
A Greek script of smaller letters developed about the beginning of the ninth century especially for the production of books. Minuscule consisted of joined letters in a cursive or running hand. Most extant Greek Scripture manuscripts available today are Minuscules. (See Uncial.)
Greek manuscripts that are written in small letters that are usually joined to each other as in cursive script. These manuscripts are more recent than the Uncial manuscripts, which are written in large capital letters that are separate from each other.