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Polychronicon Scribe
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2. Manchester, Chetham's Library 11379 (Mum. A.6.90)
Current Manuscript:Manchester, Chetham's Library MS 11379 (Mun. A.6.90)
Sampled Folios:35v, 64v
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Usage: was
curved down-stroke on double compartment 'a' and upper compartment smaller than the lower one.
Usage: brutayn
the scribe sometimes inserts what seems to be an upper case 'A' in the middle of a word. On the two folios examined, this feature is used on each occasion when the scribe copies the word 'brutayn'.
Usage: Adam
individual upper case 'A' frequently to be found in London Letter Book H when the clerks record the names of Aldermen.
Usage: Also
a different version of upper case 'A'.
Usage: dedes
the bowl of 'd' may be oval or more angular. The return stroke of the upper loop does not always complete the loop, resolving instead on the angled edge of the bowl.
Usage: myddel
Usage: deopnesse
an exaggerated point at the left side of the lower lobe.
Usage: mu(n)di
the scribe's formal script for glosses displays a number of variations in letter forms. Here 'd' with no loop has the down-stroke decorated with a bracket-like feature.
Usage: grete
the aspect of the upper compartment of 'g' is usually vertical, that of the lower lobe more horizontal.
Usage: lyuyng
the horizontal dash comes off from the middle of the upper compartment. Here the letter is in final position and has a vertical tag attached.
Usage: Gywes
Usage: Gildas
a more formal version of 3 with vertical parallel lines as decoration.
Usage: hys
'h' has a pronounced head-loop and the tail-stroke loops round beneath the stem.
Usage: worschypyng
Usage: habbeþ
this example is found on the top line of script where the scribe feels free to decorate the ascenders of his graphs.
Usage: Henrici
elaborate upper case 'H'.
Usage: rybbes
long 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: our
'r' in final position with flourish, perhaps indicative of a missing 'e'.
Usage: formeste
'z'-shaped 'r' follows 'o'. It may or may not have an otiose stroke which curls down from the lower left of the graph.
Usage: Regis
Usage: syde
sigma-shaped 's' is used in initial position.
Usage: rybbes
final 's' is usually of this shape and frequently has an extended horizontal head-stroke.
Usage: scholde
long 's' is also used in initial position as well as medially.
Usage: Succonius
serpentine upper case 'S' has an extended horizontal lower stroke rather than the head-stroke of the lower case version. Double parallel lines decorate.
Usage: wheche
the scribe has various forms of 'w' usually with closed head-loops and a left limb which appears separated from the rest of the graph.
Usage: Gywes
Usage: whanne
the head-loop of the left limb arches over the closed head of the middle.
Usage: reyn bowe
Usage: hyt
the left arm of 'y' is usually straight. The right branch descends, then runs horizontal creating a square shape rather than a fork. The tail is an exaggerated curve counter-clockwise.
Usage: cubyt
Usage: vynger
Usage: reygnyng
occasionally 'y' is dotted.
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: descryueþ
thorn used in many places to replace 'th'.
Usage: Noþeles
Usage: ȝer
yogh is used as equivalent of both 'y' and 'gh.
Usage: heyȝeste
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Noþeles
parallel lines are the main feature of decoration for the scribe's upper case graphs.
Usage: Lira
a word on the top line decorated with a face within the loop of 'L'.
Usage: AT
serrated edge to 'T'.
Usage: Policronicam
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