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Beryn Scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
5. Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Hatton 50
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Hatton 50
Folios:2r-17v, 84v-107v, 119r-130v
Sampled Folios:3v
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Usage: have
typical straight-sided 'a' with horizontal cross-bar favoured by this scribe.
Usage: Albion
upper case 'A' in initial position.
Usage: man
this 'a' occurs in the middle of a word and is a characteristic feature of the Beryn scribe's hand.
Usage: mannys
an 'a' on the top line of text within the word 'mannys'.
Usage: aryvid
'd' is looped and seen here in final position.
Usage: distroyd
'd' in initial position showing the scribe's more pointed lower lobe of 'd' which he tends to use where 'd' is the initial graph.
Usage: died
'd' in an initial position. The scribe's upper case 'D' is more usually of this shape with exaggerated left-pointed lobe.
Usage: nedis
this simpler unlooped 'd' is also in the scribe's repertoire.
Usage: begoten
'g' used in the red heading. The reverse flick of the tail is used frequently by the scribe particularly when 'g' is the final letter of a word. However, there is no consistency in this usage but see the name 'Goginagogg' on line 6 where all 'g's have the forward flick.
Usage: lengith
pronounced horns on this graph.
Usage: grete
anglicana 'g' with larger lower lobe.
Usage: Geauntis
upper case 'G' which in this scribe's hand is fairly consistent in shape and formation, seen here again with vertical bisecting stroke.
Usage: help
the most usual configuration for 'h'.
Usage: he
here the tail-stroke describes a loop back to join on to the next letter. This is not an isolated occurrence.
Usage: forth
this 'h' occurs as the final letter of the penultimate line on the folio. The scribe has used the space to flick the tail-stroke to the right. However, the same feature can be seen in the word 'shuld' which appears two words before the end of the same line.
Usage: How
elaborate upper case 'H' for the first word of the rubric heading.
Usage: contrees
long 'r' used in medial and in final position. In final position, the 'r' is usually flourished.
Usage: horribil
modern 'r' is used in medial and final positions as well as long 'r'.
Usage: resseyvid
'z'-shaped 'r' is used initially, as here, or after vowels and some consonants.
Usage: modir
modern 'r' in final position with tag.
Usage: this
kidney-shaped 's' in final position. This 's' is mostly used in this position.
Usage: so
sigma 's' in initial position. This 's' is also used frequently in final position as well as kidney 's'.
Usage: Sylvyn
upper case 'S' for a name.
Usage: seyd
long 's' used initially and medially.
Usage: went
'w' with approach stroke and two lobes on the right limb.
Usage: mowtens
'w' whose left arm arches over the previous letter. Note also the lack of lobes on the right side.
Usage: when
the scribe uses a certain amount of licence with this elaborate 'w' on the top line.
Usage: sclowȝ
a word in the rubric with almost no approach stroke at all. Each separate element of the graph may be seen clearly.
Usage: lay
Usage: mannys
the tail of 'y' extends to join the next letter.
Usage: tyme
the tail of 'y' extends below the next letter.
Usage: vommen
the initial letter of the word 'vommen'. The scribe uses initial 'v' for 'w' in many words.
Usage: resseyvid
rather crushed into the space. Resembles the letter form the scribe uses for 'b' at times (see Wild Letter 2).
Usage: aryvid
Usage: devill
the same kind of treatment which the scribe uses for the 'w' graph.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þat
thorn used irregularly for demonstrative adjectives.
Usage: þan
Usage: sclowȝe
yogh used rarely on this folio except in words where it is equivalent to 'gh'.
Usage: knyȝt
yogh equivalent to 'gh'. The Beryn scribe's yoghs are distinctive with the extended descender.
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