Scribal ProfileBeryn Scribe
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3. London, British Library, MS Harley 2248
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straight-sided 'a' with horizontal cross-bar.
note that the 'a' illustrated here is the second letter of the word. It is a characteristic feature of the Beryn scribe occasionally to capitalise 'a's within a word.
the scribe uses upper case 'A's with several different shapes for the lower lobe. This one has a pointed element on the left side. Although not always the case, the scribe also tends to capitalise 'a's which occur as the first letter of a word.
(second 'a') the hairline connector to close the upper compartment may or may not be there.
two shapes for the bowl of 'd', one more pointed than the other, perhaps reflecting its position at the beginning of a word.
tagged 'd' in final position.
the loop of 'd' often etxends back beyond the lower lobe.
a simpler secretary 'd' which occurs as part of the scribe's display script in his title.
the lower lobe of 'g' is larger than the upper lobe with hairline stroke connecting back to upper lobe.
secretary 'g' used more frequently than anglicana 'g', sometimes, as here with reverse flick on the tail-stroke.
anglicana 'g' in final position with horizontal slash and vertical tag.
the scribe appears to have misread the name 'Claudius' for the Emperor.
'h' with looped head and neatly contained tail-stroke beneath the body of the graph.
a clear linking of the tail-stroke of 'h' with the next letter.
on this folio the scribe rarely turns the tail-stroke of 'h' to the right. I can only find a couple of examples though there may be more.
long 'r' and modern 'r' are used throughout the text with no discernible pattern. This example shows 'r' with flourish in final position.
modern 'r' with tag occurring at the end of a word.
'z'-shaped 'r' is more likely to occur after vowels but also after some consonants.
sigma 's' used almost exclusively in final position. Used also in initial position as well as long 's'.
a very rare example on this folio of kidney 's' in final position.
long 's' used initially and in medial position. The shaft of long 's' is usually quite thick.
the scribe's upper case 'S'.
the approach stroke to 'w' varies in size from a small tag at the top of the left limb to the full-blown looped example seen in version 2.
despite being in the middle of a word, the scribe has included an elaborate loop on the left arm of the letter. The height of the initial stroke is twice the height of the preceding graph.
the scribe's upper case 'W' which follows the pattern of the previous lower case ones.
a 'w' of a different kind with no approach stroke and no double lobe on the right limb.
versions 1-4 of 'y' shows the scribe's variation in the length and angle of the tail of 'y'.
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn used mainly for definite articles, pronouns and demonstrative adjectives.
used here as replacement for 'th'.
yogh has a distinctive shape with long tail.