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Hand B
Profiles for this Scribe:
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Tanner 346
Folios:34r-75r, 110r-119r
Sampled Folios:36r
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Usage: hath
the single compartment 'a's are mainly evenly formed. The scribe's hand is controlled and the graphs well-formed.
Usage: and
a slightly different variant of version 1 with square shape and hairline to close at the head.
Usage: Alas
the upper case graph is noticeably larger than the lower case letters. On this folio there are no double compartment 'a's even as an upper case letter.
Usage: And
the first letter of the folio.
Usage: tolde
the scribe uses looped 'd' in the text. This is the most usual shape for the looped version.
Usage: sto(u)nd
'd' in final position with tag. The word occurs at the end of a line.
Usage: legenda
an unlooped 'd' used in the display script of the rubric.
Usage: Done
upper case 'D' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: rage
the scribe's tailed 'g's are all formed in exactly the same way. All descenders briefly graze the line.
Usage: grace
Usage: God
Usage: here
again the scribal hand is very even. The tail of 'h' sits on, or ends just below the line. The head-stroke may be open or closed as here.
Usage: demophon
the only crossed 'h' on this folio.
Usage: Philomen
'h' in the scribe's display script in the rubric with tail-stroke turning counter-clockwise.
Usage: Hyr
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line with open head-stroke.
Usage: armes
the scribe uses modern 'r' on almost every occasion in all positions.
Usage: auctorite
the only example of long 'r' on this folio.
Usage: progne
the only example of 'z'-shaped 'r' on this folio.
Usage: this
kidney-shaped 's' almost always used in final position.
Usage: Alas
Usage: suche
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: worde
'w' is formed as two 'v's. The graph is looped at the head and has a single lobe to the right.
Usage: sorow
Usage: Wepynge
'W' in upper case position at the beginning of a line. There is little variation in the scribe's 'w' graph.
Usage: feyned
occasionally, when the scribe has space, the tail of 'y' curls round, but the more usual graph is version 2.
Usage: sustyr
the majority of the scribe's 'y's have a short straight tail-stroke as here.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: That
Usage: The
Usage: In
Usage: I
More Upper Case Letters
Usage: Philles
an upper case 'P' in the display script of the scribe.
Usage: Explicit
an upper case 'E' in the display script of the scribe.
Usage: Now
Usage: But
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