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Beryn Scribe
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3. London, British Library, MS Harley 2248
Current Manuscript:London, British Library, MS Harley 2248
Sampled Folios:12r
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Usage: had
straight-sided 'a' with horizontal cross-bar.
Usage: name
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.
Usage: Armog(er)e
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.
Usage: 'aftirward
(second 'a') the hairline connector to close the upper compartment may or may not be there.
Usage: dede
two shapes for the bowl of 'd', one more pointed than the other, perhaps reflecting its position at the beginning of a word.
Usage: held
tagged 'd' in final position.
Usage: callid
the loop of 'd' often etxends back beyond the lower lobe.
Usage: weddit
a simpler secretary 'd' which occurs as part of the scribe's display script in his title.
Usage: good
the lower lobe of 'g' is larger than the upper lobe with hairline stroke connecting back to upper lobe.
Usage: kynge
secretary 'g' used more frequently than anglicana 'g', sometimes, as here with reverse flick on the tail-stroke.
Usage: tong
anglicana 'g' in final position with horizontal slash and vertical tag.
Usage: Glaudius
the scribe appears to have misread the name 'Claudius' for the Emperor.
Usage: he
'h' with looped head and neatly contained tail-stroke beneath the body of the graph.
Usage: when
a clear linking of the tail-stroke of 'h' with the next letter.
Usage: hede
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.
Usage: ther
long 'r' and modern 'r' are used throughout the text with no discernible pattern. This example shows 'r' with flourish in final position.
Usage: broþir
modern 'r' with tag occurring at the end of a word.
Usage: pursued
'z'-shaped 'r' is more likely to occur after vowels but also after some consonants.
Usage: Romeyns
Usage: his
sigma 's' used almost exclusively in final position. Used also in initial position as well as long 's'.
Usage: his
a very rare example on this folio of kidney 's' in final position.
Usage: suche
long 's' used initially and in medial position. The shaft of long 's' is usually quite thick.
Usage: Southampton
the scribe's upper case 'S'.
Usage: was
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.
Usage: town
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.
Usage: When
the scribe's upper case 'W' which follows the pattern of the previous lower case ones.
Usage: hewe
a 'w' of a different kind with no approach stroke and no double lobe on the right limb.
Usage: Romeyns
versions 1-4 of 'y' shows the scribe's variation in the length and angle of the tail of 'y'.
Usage: worthly
Usage: kynge
Usage: wyfe
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þey
thorn used mainly for definite articles, pronouns and demonstrative adjectives.
Usage: broþir
used here as replacement for 'th'.
Usage: sauȝte
yogh has a distinctive shape with long tail.
Usage: fiȝte
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