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Egerton 2864 scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
1. London, British Library MS Additional 5140
Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Additional 5140
Folios:Hand 1 copied 2r-229r (line 8)
Sampled Folios:98r, 201r
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Usage: a
single compartment secretary 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: and
Usage: And
upper case initial letter of a line.
Usage: As
upper case 'A' as the first letter of the top line showing exaggerated extension.
Usage: called
unlooped 'd' is the preferred graph, though the scribe has looped 'd' in his repertoire..
Usage: hadde
'd' is often ligatured to a following 'e'.
Usage: pound
'd' in final position, looped and with flourish.
Usage: freendys
Usage: god
tailed 'g' is the prferred graph.
Usage: agayn
note the tail curving back on itself with reverse flick.
Usage: Prologg
the last two letters of the word 'Prologg' written in a quasi-display script used for explicit and incipit.
Usage: haddist
the head-loop does not make contact with the shoulder.
Usage: THer
'H' as upper case letter in the word 'THer' which begins the Physician's Tale. The scribe is fond of extending the stems of some graphs on the top line.
Usage: sauh
a cross bar occurs on the 'h' at the end of this word.
Usage: forth
an 'h' with similar crossing feature which occurs on the top line of the folio, hence the elaborated stem.
Usage: purveaunce
modern 'r' used throughout in every position.
Usage: Lordynges
this is a well-formed example of the scribe's 'z'-shaped 'r' which is often much looser in construction.
Usage: rychesse
'z'-shaped 'r' here seen as the initial letter of the word. It is set higher than the letter which follows it.
Usage: Relece
upper case 'R' as the initial letter.
Usage: was
kidney-shaped 's' used in final position.
Usage: thousand
long 's' often neatly hooked over at the top. Used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: Sire
upper case 's' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: rychesse
in 'ss' and 'ff' the first letter is lower than the second and the stem splays out to the left.
Usage: walked
'w' in initial position.
Usage: now
Usage: Now wol
'w's on the top line again giving the scribe the opportunity to extend the initial stroke.
Usage: Wyth
upper case 'W' as the first letter of a line.
Usage: y
the scribe varies the tail stroke of 'y'. It is either thin and barely curved as in this version, or with more conventional curve as in version 2.
Usage: fayle
Usage: lyf
Usage: you
occasionally the left fork of 'y' is much longer than the right.
Usage: It
upper case 'I' is individual. The scribe has a more conventional shape (as in version 4), but this form is found on several occasions on the two folios examined.
Usage: I wept
Usage: I holde
Usage: I
Lead-in stroke
Usage: no
the scribe almost always uses a long curved lead-in stroke to 'n', 'm', 'w', 'N'.
Usage: mote
Usage: wynter
Usage: Now
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