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Huntingdonshire Scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
1. Cambridge, University Library MS Ii. 3.21 part 1
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS Ii. 3.21, part 1
Sampled Folios:3r, 56r, 79v, 116r
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Usage: as
double compartment 'a' often has a flattened top.
Usage: And
one of the scribe's upper case 'A's.
Usage: And
Usage: algates
the only example of single compartment 'a' on the folios examined.
Usage: die
'd' in the text is always looped. The bowl is triangular, the loop quite wide and also triangular in form.
Usage: badde
Usage: Dolores
Usage: indignos
the scribe's textura 'd'.
Usage: goynge
'g' in initial position. Double compartment 'g' used throughout. Square-shaped upper compartment.
Usage: thinges
Usage: God
Usage: surgit
the scribe's textura 'g'.
Usage: he
the scribe's form of lower case 'h' is virtually invariable.
Usage: Hic
upper case 'H' in the Latin gloss. This does have a foot at the base of the stem.
Usage: homines
the scribe's textura 'h'.
Usage: moor
long 'r' used in all positions. Here, in final position, the flourish may represent a missing 'e'.
Usage: other
'z'-shaped 'r' used in medial and final positions after 'o', 'e', and several round-bodied consonants.
Usage: another
modern 'r' is not in use frequently but is sometimes found in medial and final positions.
Usage: algates
kidney 's' always used in final position.
Usage: sekyn
sigma 's' alternates with long 's' in initial position. It is also used in the Latin glosses in final position.
Usage: homines
the scribe's textura 's' in final position.
Usage: Simili
an upper case 'S' in the scribe's textura hand.
Usage: wolt
the scribe's 'w's with approach stroke which loops round at the head of the left limb are all remarkably similar with little variation.
Usage: thow
here the left limb is more upright.
Usage: wt
the scribe often uses the abbreviated form of 'with'.
Usage: yaf
the scribe's 'y' is consistently formed. It almost always has a dot above and the angle of the tail is usually the same.
Usage: bygynnynge
occasionally the left arm of the letter is set at a more acute angle.
Usage: by ryht
the scribe often takes the tail of 'y' up to connect with the following letter but he releases pressure on the nib and it is not always possible, as it is here, to see the connection.
k, l, b, h
Usage: kynde
the scribe's head strokes of these letters show accomplished control. There is little variation.
Usage: Acomplesseth
Usage: be
Usage: help
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Acomplesseth
the first letter of the folio.
Usage: Acomplesseth
on the top line of text along with the example in version 1.
Usage: On
Usage: AL
upper case 'L' follows the ink-flourished initial letter.
Mixed bag
Usage: þt þu
the scribe uses thorn for these words and also for the definite article.
Usage: ampersand
the scribe's ampersand is regularly formed with or without the arched stroke above.
Usage: it
the scribe always uses an angled straight stroke for the dot of 'i'.
Usage: virgules
the scribe breaks the phrases in the text by either a single or double virgule. These, along with the stroke above 'i', the graceful arch of the shoulder stroke of 'h' and the organised sweep of the tail of 'y' give the impression of controlled speed.
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