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Worcestershire Piers Plowman scribe?
Profiles for this Scribe:
1. London, University Library, Sterling V.17
Current Manuscript:London, University of London, Senate House, Sterling Library MS V.17
Sampled Folios:1r
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Usage: an
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: walkyng
there is often a gap at top and bottom of the graph not necessarily connected by a hairline.
Usage: And
the scribe has two forms of upper case 'A'. This one is similar to a reversed number 3 with vertical stem to the right.
Usage: Al
in this version the first element is like a number 2, again followed by the vertical stem.
Usage: de
'd' is always looped and almost invariable no matter in what position.
Usage: Westeward
Usage: wandryng
Usage: worlde
Usage: gyle
'g' is always double compartment with lower compartment slightly smaller and more horizontal in aspect than the upper compartment.
Usage: wandryng
'g' in final position with circle sitting on the end of the horizontal slash. It could represent a missing 'e'.
Usage: sowynge
Usage: gloteny
Usage: haue
'h' is also evenly formed. The head-loop is generally closed with a short hairline back to the top of the shoulder.
Usage: schop
Usage: schepherde
Usage: Hic
an elaborate upper case 'H' for the incipit.
Usage: ryche
modern 'r' is used with little variation in all positions except after 'o' and a few round-bodied graphs.
Usage: aftur
Usage: worlde
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o' and round-bodied graphs.
Usage: trowede
Usage: sesoun
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. The stem does not extend much below the lower level of surrounding graphs.
Usage: selles
's' in final position is either '8'-shaped as here or a cross between this and a kidney-shaped 's'.
Usage: merueylously
Usage: Sum(m)e
snake-like upper case 'S' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: worlde
the scribe's formation of graphs is extremely consistent. The left limb of 'w' is usually detached.
Usage: wyse
a 3-shaped element to the right.
Usage: abowte
the spacing of the scribe's work may be seen in this word as also the relative height of 'w' against surrounding graphs.
Usage: Willelmi
I presume that this name in the incipit begins with an upper case graph. It is exactly like the lower case one but rather taller.
Usage: y
all 'y's are dotted.
Usage: wyterly
the graph varies very little except for slight variations in the length of the tail.
Usage: monye
Usage: destruyen
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þys
thorn is used frequently. The stem is short and stumpy.
Usage: welþe
thorn is also used on occasion to replace 'th'.
Usage: ȝow
yogh is also used as equivalent of 'y', as here and also of 'gh' as in the following example.
Usage: sauȝ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Petro
Usage: IN
Usage: I
Usage: Sstewarde
this may or may not be a variant upper case 'S'. If it is, the scribe has made a mistake and the word begins with two 's's.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP