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Hand B
Profiles for this Scribe:
Current Manuscript:Oxford, New College MS 326
Sampled Folios:66v, 124r, 166v
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Usage: acquyte
the scribe's double compartment 'a' used throughout is consistent.
Usage: hathe
Usage: A
upper case 'A' in this form with dot or pen-stroke in the centre is also consistently used.
Usage: And
Usage: deserte
unlooped 'd' is used throughout. The down-stroke is straight and thick.
Usage: debate
on some folios, notably closer to the beginning, the hand is more precise and the lobe is formed with two strokes joined by hairlines.
Usage: despended
Usage: hadde
Usage: grefe
'g' is double compartment but with lower compartment forming a triangle joined to the upper compartment with a hairline.
Usage: kyng
'g' in final position attracts a vertical tag.
Usage: progagelite
Usage: God
the upper case version of the graph.
Usage: herte
lower case 'h' comes in a number of forms. This example occurs later in the manuscript and is more casually formed than the version shown in 2.
Usage: he
earlier in the manuscript 'h' is formed with a detached head-stroke and the graph appears much more formal than the later examples.
Usage: Whoch
'h' following 'c' and 't' is crossed.
Usage: Hit
a more elaborate upper case letter.
Usage: releued
modern 'r' is used throughout in every position including after 'o'.
Usage: mater
'r' in final position with flourish.
Usage: ferrest
the second 'r' is set higher above the line than the first.
Usage: Raveine
Usage: sette
long 's' is always used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: is
the scribe uses a variety of 's's in final position.
Usage: his
an unusual form of 's'.
Usage: So
Usage: was
the scribe also has a number of variations in his 'w' graph. This example with 'B'-shaped element to the right is found in the more formal script from earlier in the manuscript.
Usage: wol
a more cursive secretary version used later.
Usage: wey
separate left limb with angled foot.
Usage: Whech
an upper case 'W' reflecting the form in version 1 but taller.
Usage: yn
the tail of 'y' is always straight, leaving the body of the graph at a forty-five degree angle.
Usage: thy
Usage: hy(m)
'y' with curved macron above with dot for missing final 'm'.
Usage: Y
a larger example of version 2 for the upper case graph, with single protuberance in the middle of the left limb.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: haþ
thorn is used frequently.
Usage: þilke
the stem of thorn is thick and straight and does not taper.
Usage: noȝt
yogh is also used frequently as equivalent to 'y' and 'gh'.
Usage: ȝeftis
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Then
many of the scribe's upper case letters have a dot somewhere in the interior of the graph.
Usage: He
Usage: Unto
Usage: Bot
Decorated Ascenders
Usage: That
ascenders on the top lines of folios are frequently decorated with faces as well as decorative patterns.
Usage: value
Usage: And
Usage: His
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