the scribe alternates this secretary letter with the oversized anglicana version seen in the next example.
the scribe's upper case 'A' bisected by the brown ink frame line.
lower case 'd' is looped and shows little variation.
'd' in final position with tag.
'g' with flourish perhaps representative of missing 'e', although the scribe has a propensity to attach such a flourish to final 't', 'n', 'm' and 'r'.
the impression of this scribal hand is of one copying in haste. The lower compartment does not connect with the upper.
upper case 'G'
in the combinations 'ch', 'th' and 'ght', 'h' is always crossed.
here the backward flourish from 't' acts as the cross for the 'h'.
the tail-stroke of 'H' continues well into the margin.
long 'r' is used in all positions.
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o' but not on every occasion. See version 3 below.
long 'r' in final position with flourish.
the 'R' comes after the pen-flourished capital. It may or may not be an upper case letter. In this scribal hand it is difficult to tell.
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position always with a vertical descending tag attached.
long 's' used inially and medially. Sometimes, as here, there is a short stroke from the middle of the descender which joins to the next graph.
although the 's' graph on the left is much shorter than the one on the right, they both end at the same level beneath the line.
the scribe's 'w' graph is consistently formed with the top of the middle limb arched back to join the left.
there is always a 'B'-shaped element to the right.
the upper case graph is formed in the same way as the lower case one.
the tail of 'y' can be almost a straight line as here, with just a slight turn at the end.
the tail here is a gentle curve.
the tail of 'y' can also have a much longer right extension.
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn is frequently used with a superscript abbreviation.
the scribe's thorn looks much more like a 'y' than his 'y' does. Thorn is also used for the present tense singular verb endings.
yogh used as equivalent to 'y' and to 'gh' occasionally.
|Upper Case Letters|
the fussiness of the scribe's hand is well illustrated by his messy upper case graphs.
|More Upper Case Letters|
Usage: The paragraph marks which may have been added by the scribe himself are worthy of notice.
Usage: The paraphs in either blue or red mark the beginning of each stanza and are attached to horizontal red lines which also divide the stanzas.
Usage: The penwork flourished initial 'G'.
Usage: The blue wavy line which acts as a marker for the red ink Latin glosses in the hand of the scribe which are copied into the right margin in blocks.