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2. Cambridge, St. John's College MS H.1 (204)
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, St. John's College MS H.1 (204)
Sampled Folios:72v, 74v, 75, 80v
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Usage: Geantis
double compartment anglicana 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: aboute
the scribe frequently omits to close off the upper compartment.
Usage: Apotecarea
a display letter 'A' with the stalk of 'p' visible on the right. Note the scribe's predilection for parallel lines as infill within the bowl of 'A'.
Usage: Also
upper case 'A'.
Usage: hauerforde
the scribe's 'd's are reasonably uniform. I can find no open 'd' so characteristic of Scribe D on the four folios consulted.
Usage: cha(u)nged
a slightly more pointed lobe in this example.
Usage: Chedde
Usage: Danes
another upper case letter with parallel lines within.
Usage: grete
the scribe's 'g' frequently sits on the line as here.
Usage: kyng
'g' in final position frequently sports a tag or tail. Here the letter is well above the line and slightly tilted backwards.
Usage: longed
here it is possible to see how the high position of 'g' distorts the even run of letters.
Usage: Geantes
Usage: here
the tail-stroke of 'h' does not always continue beneath the line. Its containment at line level is probably dictated by the distance above the line that the scribe copies the main text.
Usage: heet
although not a frequent occurrence the scribe can continue the tail-stroke back on itself to join to the following letter. There are no examples of crossed 'h' on these folios.
Usage: Hauerforde
this may be the scribe's upper case 'H' although there is little difference between this and version 1. The foot at the left of the shaft is slightly more pronounced.
Usage: Hominum
an 'H' in the display script of the scribe.
Usage: wonder
modern 'r' used in all positions except after 'o'. Long 'r' is not to be found on the selected folios.
Usage: werryour
Usage: torned
'z'-shaped 'r' used exclusively after 'o'.
Usage: Remigius
Usage: was
8-shaped 's' used exclusively in final position.
Usage: seint
the single sigma 's' found on these folios. There may be more, but the scribe uses long 's' almost exclusively initially and medially.
Usage: secede
long 's' used initially and medially. It is not always possible to see the lead-in stroke at the top of the shaft.
Usage: Sidenia
Usage: water
'w' in initial position with lead-in stroke. This scribe's 'w's are distinctly different from those of Scribe D.
Usage: tweie
'w' constrained by the initial letter 't' so no lead-in stroke. However, 'w' in the middle of a word is sometimes not affected by the previous letter and still has the lead-in tag to the left arm.
Usage: somwhat
an example of 'w' in the middle of a word standing proud of previous letter.
Usage: Wales
the slight angled lower part of the left arm of the letter may signify an upper case letter. It also occurs in the word 'Walsche'.
Usage: kyng
'y's are variably placed and can have the tail resting on the line as here.
Usage: Ethelwyn
here the tail just descends below the line.
Usage: Esterday
the tail of 'y' extends well below the line.
Usage: þey
it is often possible to see the straight left arm of 'y' extending below the curved second stroke.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: souþ
thorn used for 'th' at the ends of words as well as for pronouns and demonstrative adjectives.
Usage: beeþ
thorn used as the ending for present tense singular.
Usage: plowȝ
yogh used for plural ending.
Usage: nouþt
yogh used for 'gh' combination.
Upper case letters
Usage: Seth
upper case 'S' with parallel lines crossing.
Usage: Norþerne
upper case 'N' with crossed parallel line infill very similar to that of Scribe D.
Usage: Bote
Usage: Torta
Upper case I
Usage: I
this scribe's 'I' almost invariably has a shadow line to the right of the letter. There is a single attachment on the middle left side of the stem and both top and bottom of the letter are looped to the left.
Usage: Ilond
Usage: In
it is possible to see here that the faint stroke from the lower curve of the letter continues to join on to the following graph.
Usage: I
Usage: &
Usage: &
the ampersands are almost invariably exactly the same shape and formation.
Usage: &
Usage: &
the only instance on four folios which appears to have no left descender but there may be an erasure here.
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