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Petworth Scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
2. England, Lichfield, Cathedral Library MS 29
Current Manuscript:England, Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library MS 29
Identification:Also known as the 'high 'g' scribe'
Sampled Folios:200v, 231v
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Usage: daun
the scribe uses double compartment 'a' the majority of the time.
Usage: Marchaunt
the scribe also uses single compartment 'a' occasionally. The example seen here is used in the same word as a double compartment 'a' which has a horned top.
Usage: And
the lower lobe of 'A' is usually squarish.
Usage: And
Usage: frendes
looped 'd' which may have a rounded or squarish lower lobe.
Usage: shuld
the upper loop can be squashed onto the lower lobe or may arch back as with the upper case letter in version 3. In final position, 'd' is tagged.
Usage: Dalida
Usage: Duane
upper case letter at the beginning of a line.
Usage: gan
an angular double compartment 'g'. The graph sits on the line with just a little of the lower compartment which is beneath the line. Double compartment 'g' used most of the time.
Usage: wight
the scribe also has a secretary form of the letter which he uses occasionally. The pointed lobe of 'g' sits on the line.
Usage: scleping
'g' with tag.
Usage: nyght
the position of 'g' sitting on the line makes this combination look rather bizarre.
Usage: her
'h' can appear to have an open head stroke although the fine pen-lines which begin and end the stroke are visible. The vertical has a foot. Upper and lower case graphs are of the same formation.
Usage: the
here the looped head comes into contact with the shoulder of the letter. The stem has no angled foot.
Usage: The
a more elaborate curved head-stroke on this graph.
Usage: such
'h' may be crossed in the combinations 'gh', 'th' and 'ch'. The 'h' is also always crossed in the name 'John'.
Usage: hur
long 'r' used in all positions as well as modern 'r'. Here in final position the 'r' has a flourish.
Usage: certein
Usage: prison
'z'-shaped 'r' used mainly after 'o' and some consonants. An otiose stroke descends from the middle of the lower stroke and this is a particular characteristic of this scribe.
Usage: heeres
kidney-shaped 's' always used in final position.
Usage: scleping
sigma 's' used occasionally to begin a word as also long 's'.
Usage: shoke
Usage: Syngen
Usage: weele
the basic shape of this scribe's 'w'. Each of the lobes may vary in shape but the basic form remains the same with a 'B'-shaped element on the right side.
Usage: werkes
although not an upper case letter, there is no difference in form between upper and lower graphs.
Usage: howe
a single rogue graph on this folio shows that the scribe has other possibilities.
Usage: way
Usage: falsly
Usage: pleye
the tail of 'y' varies in length. Here the word occurs at the end of a line and the scribe adds extra length to the tail.
Usage: my
'y' is occasionally dotted.
Usage: shortely
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Nought
Usage: This
Usage: Iohn
the scribe has two forms of upper case 'I'. The one in this version has a hooked approach stroke which joins the stem below the top point of the vertical.
Usage: Iohn
in this version the approach stroke continues into the descender with no hook.
Yogh and thorn
Usage: vpriȝt
occasional use of yogh.
Usage: aȝein
Usage: þu
occasional use of thorn.
Usage: makeþ
frequent use of thorn for the third person singular ending of verbs.
Usage: pleyn
lower case 'p' often has a spike of the vertical which stands proud at the head of the graph.
Usage: pay
Usage: pleye
sometimes the descender of 'p' is at an angle.
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