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Double-v Scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
3. Oxford, New College MS D 314 (on deposit at Bodleian)
Current Manuscript:Oxford, New College MS 314
Sampled Folios:19r, 77v, 78v
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Usage: Charmys
a square-shaped 'a' with two clearly defined side strokes and two hair-lines to joing.
Usage: and
Usage: And
Usage: Assuren
this word occurs at the end of a line yet still begins with an upper case letter.
Usage: demed
one version of the scribe's 'd' is looped with sharply pointed lower lobe and fine hairline to join.
Usage: garlond
the second version of 'd' is unlooped.
Usage: Dispence
Usage: gold
'd' in final position with looped tag to finish.
Usage: gold
secretary tailed 'g' with reverse flick of the tail stroke. A squat-looking graph in most cases.
Usage: glas
room on the bottom line for the scribe to extend the descender.
Usage: Greet
upper case 'G' with red highlight.
Usage: othes
a crouched 'h' with short limb.
Usage: her
the position on the top line encourages a more elaborate letter with foot at the base of the stem and taller head-loop.
Usage: He
initial letter of a line with an extended tail and reverse flick of tail-stroke.
Usage: bith
crossed 'h' with descending tail-stroke turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: remedy
modern 'r' with curving approach stroke. This graph is used in all positions except where 'z'-shaped 'r' is used.
Usage: lorn
'z'-shaped 'r' used in a variety of places and not confined merely to follow 'o'.
Usage: louer
'r' in final position with short upward tag.
Usage: wormes
kidney-shaped horned 's' always used in final position.
Usage: besinesse
thick stems for 's' and 'f' with fine head-stroke.
Usage: Suffiseth
the upper case letter.
Usage: with
the scribe's most unusual and identifiable letter, a 'double-v' for 'w'. He uses other variations of 'w' but on some folios, this version appears to be the one most favoured, hence his name of 'the 'Double-v' scribe'.
Usage: woman
Usage: writen
an alternative form of cursive 'w'.
Usage: trowthe
the linking connector stroke between the two elements is visible here though the two 'v's are sometimes entirely separate.
Usage: may
Usage: þey
occasionally the tail of 'y' extends up above the letter itself or joins to the next graph.
Usage: eny
this word is on the bottom line of text hence a more exaggerated curve of the descender. Many 'y's on this folio are dotted.
Usage: Ielowsie
the scribe has a number of variants for his upper case 'I' both in the curve of the stem and also in the head-stroke.
Usage: I
Usage: I
Usage: Iason
at the beginning of a line.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þise
thorn is used for initial 'th' in many words. The initial stroke is deeply curved.
Usage: þat
Usage: hiȝ
here yogh represents the sound for 'gh'.
Usage: cauȝt
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