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Hatton 2 scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
1. Cambridge, Trinity College MS R. 3. 3 (532)
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Trinity College MS R. 3. 3 (532)
Sampled Folios:70r
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Usage: man
'a' may have an oval compartment as here or a more squarish one as in version 2.
Usage: at
when 'a' is in initial position the lead-in to the left stroke is sometimes visible below the hairline connecting stroke.
Usage: And
upper case 'A' from the rubric between tales. This is the basic shape for the scribe's upper case letter.
Usage: And
here 'A' has a looped addition to the left of the head of the graph.
Usage: and
the most usual shape for 'd' with pointed lobe and elegant arched ascender. When in final position, 'd' is usually accompanied by an exaggerated otiose flourish.
Usage: dropped
the scribe occasionally uses a looped 'd' more usually when 'd' is the final letter in a word. The loop arches back over several graphs.
Usage: told
display script of the scribe which begins tales and prologues.
Usage: riden
Usage: hight
the scribe's very distinctive 'hooked g'.
Usage: Prolog
'g' in the hand of the scribe in the rubric. The familiar hook is seen at the extremity of the tail-stroke and horizontal extension with long descending tag attached.
Usage: God
upper case 'G' tipped with red ink.
Usage: god
Usage: hatte
the limb of 'h' sits on the line with almost no tail-stroke at all.
Usage: hight
where the scribe has sufficient space, as here at the end of a line with no text above, he extends the stem of 'h'.
Usage: Hiere
upper case 'H'.
Usage: His
the first word of the folio hence an even more elaborate 'H'.
Usage: ride
'z'-shaped 'r' used most of the time in all positions both with and without curving otiose stroke.
Usage: crist
modern 'r' used occasionally. The stem of 'r' is gently curved and the shoulder stroke leaves the stem near the top.
Usage: array
Usage: somer rod
'z'-shaped 'r' ends one word and begins another.
Usage: seintes
sigma 's' always used in final position with otiose stroke characteristic of this hand.
Usage: swete
long 's' is used initially and medially. The letter is very similar to the scribe's 'f' and is almost always a split stroke with open space between the main stroke and hairline connector at the top of the letter. Long 's' rarely descends far below the line.
Usage: Seint
upper case 'S' in couchant position within the text.
Usage: Seint
the first letter of a stanza and much more like a modern 'S'.
Usage: werche
'w' within the text is consistently this shape.
Usage: What
upper case letter at the beginning of a line with arching approach stroke beginning beneath the body of the letter itself.
Usage: Whan
upper case 'W' with strapwork decoration to begin a new tale.
Usage: was
display script of the scribe for the opening line.
Usage: hakeney
the scribe uses two forms of 'y'. In this example the tail is in the form of a wavy line extending below the body of the letter. This is the form used most frequently. The letter either has a curved stroke above as in this example, a dot, or nothing at all.
Usage: grys
the scribe also uses a more conventional 'y' with tail curving to the right usually as a fine hairline stroke.
Usage: Ye
the first word of a line.
Usage: Yoman
a word in the introductory rubric.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Boughton
an elaborate form of 'B' which resembles a yogh with a number 2 attached at the front.
Usage: Vrban
arched left arm of 'V' with hooked foot shaped as in the hook on the end of the tail of 'g'.
Usage: Prolog
elaborate upper case 'P' in the rubric.
Usage: Discret
Usage: douȝtern
yogh is used at whim. In some places it occurs in clusters, in others, where one might expect the use of yogh, the scribe does not use it.
Usage: Inouȝ
as final letter in the word it attracts the usual otiose attachment.
Usage: riȝt
Usage: thouȝ
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