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Beryn scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
2. England, Alnwick , Duke of Northumberland MS 455
Current Manuscript:Alnwick, Northumberland, Alnwick Castle, Collection of the Duke of Northumberland MS 455
Sampled Folios:71r, 160r, 179v, 180r, 189v, 235r, 237v
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Usage: talys
straight-sided 'a' divided by a cross-stroke.
Usage: And
the scribe has a variety of upper case 'A's. This version is quite unusual with square lobe and forked head.
Usage: And
Usage: And
Usage: lokid
'd' is mainly the looped version though there are variations.
Usage: leyd
tagged 'd' in final position.
Usage: degree
although not in an upper case position, this may be the scribe's version of upper case 'D'.
Usage: doith
occasional use of the secretary form of 'd'.
Usage: begyn
anglicana 'g' with lower lobe larger than the upper one.
Usage: grete
tailed secretary 'g' with horned head. The tail loops round and provides the cross-stroke at the head of the graph.
Usage: grene
reverse flick of the tail-stroke in this example.
Usage: God
a vertical line bisects this upper case 'G'.
Usage: hir
arched head to this graph.
Usage: here
sometimes the scribe flicks back the tail-stroke to join to the next letter.
Usage: His
'H' at the beginning of a line and probably the scribe's upper case letter.
Usage: Here
the opening word of the explicit to the Summoner's Tale.
Usage: berith
long 'r' is used mainly in final position.
Usage: watir
modern 'r' with separate shoulder-stroke is also used.
Usage: vertuouse
'z'-shaped 'r' is also used, mainly after 'o' and 'e'.
Usage: Raby
Usage: teris
sigma 's' used most frequently in final position.
Usage: lustis
kidney-shaped 's' is also used in final position.
Usage: syn
sigma 's' is also used as well as long 's' in initial position.
Usage: Stoon
this word is not at the beginning of a line and one would expect a lower case letter. However the scribe occasionally introduces an upper case letter for a word in what seems to be an arbitrary fashion.
Usage: wild
the scribe has several forms of 'w'. In this example there is a long approach stroke to the left limb and a single looped element to the right.
Usage: town
the left limb of this graph is entirely separate from the rest of the graph. There is now a 'B'-shaped element to the right and the left limb is extended above the level of the preceding graph.
Usage: felawe
a greatly extended left limb with loop at the head.
Usage: yee woot
very exaggerated left limb because of the position of the word on the top line.
Usage: yff
Usage: hym
Usage: Yee
the scribe's 'y's vary little whether upper or lower case.
Usage: broþ(er)e
the scribe often leaves evidence of the beginning of the second stroke for 'e' as a horned protuberance above the letter.
Usage: man(er)e
Usage: time
Usage: nedis
on some folios the scribe uses mainly round 'e'.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þat
thorn has a drooping lead-in stroke.
Usage: þen
Usage: ȝit
the tail of yogh is long and gently curved.
Usage: siȝte
Usage: nevir
the formation of the lead-in stroke of 'v' varies considerably as seen in these four examples.
Usage: have
Usage: every
flamboyant presentation on the top line.
Usage: vertu
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