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Petworth Scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
1. Cambridge, Pembroke College MS 307
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Pembroke College MS 307
Identification:Also known as the 'high 'g' scribe'
Sampled Folios:33r
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Usage: and
the Petworth scribe uses both single and double compartment 'a'.
Usage: grace
single compartment 'a' with slanted hairline headstroke.
Usage: had
the upper compartment of 'a' is usually smaller than the lower one.
Usage: And
Usage: day
'd' is looped and neatly executed.
Usage: husbond
'd' in final position often has an extended final stroke from the loop as tag.
Usage: vnwedded
rounded and more angular bowls for 'd' in this example.
Usage: Dame
'D' with decisive '2'-shaped element to begin.
Usage: grace
the Petworth scribe is also known as the 'high g' scribe. His 'g' graphs usually sit on the line. Here the 'g' has two diamond-shaped compartments. The lower lobe has a skirt-like extension to the right.
Usage: walkynge
Usage: knyght
'g' generally sits higher than surrounding graphs and often has a tilted appearance.
Usage: þingges
the position of 'g' is a distinctive feature of this scribe.
Usage: husbond
the scribe's graphs are generally neatly and consistently formed. Here the 'h' sits comfortably with neat head-loop and a contained extension from the limb tapering to just below the main body of the graph.
Usage: byholde
'h' with kink in the stem and tail which turns counter-clockwise to finish.
Usage: which
crossed 'h' after 'c'.
Usage: He
upper case graph no different from the lower case one.
Usage: rode
modern 'r' is the preferred graph for 'r' but long 'r' is also used occasionally.
Usage: her
long 'r' in final position with flourish, perhaps for a missing 'e'.
Usage: Enformed
the scribe's 'z'-shaped 'r' is distinctive. The otiose stroke descends from the middle of the lower stroke, rather than the more usual starting point at lower left.
Usage: Resceyuedest
Usage: seide
both sigma 's' and long 's' used in initial positions.
Usage: ellis
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: siȝt
the head-stroke of long 's' is occasionally extended to arc over following graphs.
Usage: So
Usage: which
'w' is fairly evenly formed with a first stroke which is often separate from the remainder of the graph. There is a 'B'-shaped element to the right. When 'w' is in initial position, there is usually a lead-in stroke.
Usage: owne
in the middle of a word, there is usually no lead-in stroke.
Usage: vpdrawe
Usage: Wiþ
Usage: bytwene
'y' may or may not be dotted. The fork occurs just above line level.
Usage: day
the tail of 'y' is usually quite long and often curves back counter-clockwise as far as the body of the graph.
Usage: myght
Usage: lay
exaggerated tail on this graph which is the last word in the line.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: haþ
thorn is used frequently to replace 'th'.
Usage: Thorn]orgh
Usage: ȝif
yogh is used as replacement for both 'y' and 'gh' elements.
Usage: fliȝt
Upper Case Letters
Usage: In
'I' with deep head loop beginning below the line, describing a semi-circle and connecting with the stem just below the head.
Usage: But
the approach stroke to the '2'-shaped element which precedes the graph again begins below the line.
Usage: To
'T' is set high and seems to be balancing on the vertical stroke which bisects the graph.
Usage: Concludeþ
'C' may be either dotted or bisected by a vertical line.
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