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Trevisa-Gower Scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
1. London, University College Library, Special Collections MS frag. Angl. 1
Current Manuscript:London, University College Library, Special Collections MS frag. Angl. 1
Identification:Images not good
Folios:1-4 (2 bifolia unconnected)
Sampled Folios:4v
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Usage: afferme
straight-sided, double compartment 'a' is used throughout. The upper compartment often appears squarish in shape.
Usage: ymage
Usage: And
the scribe uses two versions of upper case 'A' on this folio. Both versions have two sets of parallel lines in the interior of the graph, a common feature in upper case letters by this scribe.
Usage: And
the more usual 'A' for this scribe.
Usage: drinkes
squarish lobe of unlooped 'd'. The diagonal cross-stroke at the head is very short .
Usage: ded
bitings between 'd' and 'e' are frequent.
Usage: goddesse
Usage: Diudimus
more pairs of parallel lines to decorate the upper case graph.
Usage: glotou(n)
tailed 'g' with squarish lobe and short tail-stroke turning clockwise almost at right-angles to the descender.
Usage: king
Usage: behighte
sometimes the scribe links the lower compartment to the upper compartment with a fine hairline stroke.
Usage: Grekes
Usage: help
the ascender of 'h' is notched or floreated at the head and has an angled foot.
Usage: with
the limb descends almost vertically.
Usage: nought
Usage: How
more sets of parallel lines in the interior of the graph.
Usage: rememb(ra)nce
modern 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: fadir
the scribe tends to add a vertical tag to 'r', 't' and 'f' when in final position.
Usage: Alisandre
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' and other round-bodied graphs.
Usage: Her(e)
the scribe uses the same mark for the 'er' abbreviation, a neatly executed diamond shape attached by hairline curving stroke to the graph.
Usage: spradden
straight 's' ending on the line is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: celles
there is an angularity about final 's' which is represented as in this example and usually with otiose stroke ascending from top right of the graph.
Usage: false
Usage: Stant
a sinuous upper case 'S' with horizontal stroke at the base which rests along the line.
Usage: wel
the left limb of 'w' is often separately formed.
Usage: knew
a fine hairline stroke rises from the middle limb and curls over the 'B' shaped element at the right.
Usage: owne
Usage: Which
'W' in upper case position is exactly the same as the lower case version.
Usage: ymage
the left arm of 'y' is vertical with the fork occurring at the line.
Usage: wys
the tail of 'y' is straight and may be longer or shorter. It descends at an oblique angle.
Usage: day
Usage: sondry wyse
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þer
thorn is similar in formation to 'y' with fork sitting on the line. However the stem is vertical.
Usage: oþ(er)e
thorn is used frequently throughout the text, here with 'er' abbreviative mark.
Usage: buyleþ
Usage: [Thorn}orugh
a slightly more elaborate version with angled lobe for the upper case graph at the beginning of a line.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: The
as noted in the individual letters, the upper case graphs are frequently decorated with parallel lines.
Usage: But
Usage: It
a shadow stroke acts as decoration.
Usage: Uppon
two pairs of bisecting parallel lines feature in some graphs.
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