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John Marchaunt or Scribe D
Profiles for this Scribe:
10. Oxford, Corpus Christi College MS 67
Current Manuscript:Oxford, Corpus Christi College MS 67
Sampled Folios:2r, 69v
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Usage: al
double compartment 'a' used throughout.
Usage: matiere
the upper compartment of Scribe D's 'a' is usually smaller than the lower compartment.
Usage: And
the scribe has a variety of upper case 'A's. This version and version 4 are just two examples, but the only variations on the folios examined.
Usage: And
Usage: dede
this 'open-centred d' is typical of this scribe and many 'd's on the two folios examined are of this type.
Usage: myddel
in other manuscripts by this scribe, most of the 'd's would be of this type, ie with closed upper loop.
Usage: Ri(card)i s(e)c(un)di
this 'd' is formed differently and again may be found occasionally in Scribe D's other manuscripts.
Usage: coroned
Usage: gentilesce
Scribe D's 'g' is almost always double compartment. The upper compartment generally has a more vertical aspect than the lower compartment which often has a horizontal splay.
Usage: among
'g' in final position often has a shorter, or longer vertical tag descending from the horizontal slash.
Usage: P(ro)logus
Usage: mighte
Usage: he
'h' is usually neatly formed.
Usage: schalt
the tail stroke may be longer and curve round to rejoin the base of the stem.
Usage: taught
occasionally the tail of 'h' turns counter-clockwise.
Usage: Hast
upper case 'H' is no different here from the lower case graph.
Usage: regne
long 'r' is the scribe's preferred graph and used in all positions.
Usage: espeir
the downward curve of the shoulder stroke of this final 'r' was noted by Doyle and Parkes as one of this scribe's individual traits.
Usage: interpres
modern 'r' is also in Scribe D's repertoire, though here only in the rubric. The scribe's 'z'-shaped 'r' follows the round-bodied graph of 'p'.
Usage: Rescousse
Usage: sette
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: achilles
kidney-shaped 's' is the scribe's preferred graph in final position.
Usage: varijs
8-shaped 's' does not occur very often on the two folios of this manuscript which were examined. In other manuscripts he prefers this 's' for long stretches.
Usage: So
double parallel lines as decoration are often a feature of upper case graphs.
Usage: whan
'w' is distinctive in that the loop or open stroke at the head of the middle arm is usually above the level of left and right elements.
Usage: wynd
a typical version with left arm as a separate stroke.
Usage: ȝow
Usage: With
no distinction between upper and lower case graphs.
Usage: amys
'y' is frequently dotted.
Usage: My
Usage: my
Usage: my
very occasionally it is possible to see the extended tail of 'y' looping up above the graph to supply the dot.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: þilke
thorn is squat with little length to the stem.
Usage: soþ
thorn is used in all the usual places as well as occasionally replacing 'th'.
Usage: ȝit
yogh is used as representative of the 'y' sound.
Usage: ȝiue
Upper Case Letters
Usage: In
this is a typical upper case 'I' of this scribe. A waving lead-in stroke and a single protuberance to the left of shaft are typical.
Usage: To
scribe D's upper case 'T's are very regularly formed with the looped stroke of the body almost always connecting back to the vertical.
Usage: Be
upper case 'B' almost always has a 2-shaped element to begin.
Usage: P(ro)logus
again this is a characteristic form for upper case 'P' with curved, oblique stroke within the lobe.
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