the scribe uses a neat anglicana formata and the lower case double compartment 'a' varies little.
upper case 'A' has a number of variant forms, all of which have a squarish lower lobe.
the shape of the extended stroke to the left of the graph varies in curve and length.
in this example, the stroke is almost horizontal to the graph itself.
lower case 'd' is consistently formed with squarish lower lobe and upper loop which either does not extend back further than the extent of the graph or else sits comfortably to the right of the lower lobe.
another evely formed 'd'.
there is a tendency for the scribe to make the graph more squat depending on its position in the word.
here the 'd' appears amost squashed between the 'e' and the 'l'.
once again the scribe's graphs are evenly formed and there is little variation in anglicana 'g'. The upper lobe has a beak-like extension to the next graph which comes from the centre of the lobe.
'g' in the Latin gloss in the hand of the scribe in the right margin.
the lower lobe of 'g' tends to be squashed laterally rather than rounded.
in this example the lower lobe is more rounded than usual.
another neatly executed graph. The thick limb tapers to a short tail tucked neatly below the body of the letter.
the shape of lower case 'h' varies little.
the 'h' graph here may have been intended to represent an upper case graph. It follows from the red-flourished, blue lombard initial which begins the stanza. The two distinct points on the stem differentiate it from other 'h's on this folio.
the only other occurrence of the 'h' graph with two points on the stem is in this word where again the 'h' follows the blue initial at the beginning of the opening stanza.
he scribe uses modern 'r' in all positions except after 'o'.
'r' in final position.
'z'-shaped 'r' after 'o'.
'r' within a word as here in the Latin gloss in the hand of the scribe in the right margin.
8-shaped 's' is always used in final position.
long 's is used in initial and medial positions.
where 's' is doubled, the first 's' is shorter than the second. The shaft of the letter is short, not descending much below the lower level of the other letters.
upper case 'S' is very similar to the modern graph. The curving headstroke is distinctive and although difficult to see, there may be faint parallel lines which bisect the graph. This would match with parallel lines in other upper case graphs of this scribe.
all 'w's are evenly executed. The left limb is shaped like a 'C' with the second element scribed like a letter 8 which forms a circular lower lobe with a hook-like stroke to form the upper lobe which is not always closed.
Usage: with holdist
'W' at the beginning of a line. The scribe's upper and lower case graphs of 'w' are identical.
the tail of 'y' is short and fine. The left arm is straight and the fork usually occurs to coincide with the lower level of the preceding letters.
a slight turn on the tail is usual.
here the fork occurs just below the level of the other letters. The scribe's 'y' is very similar to his 'thorn'.
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn is a squat letter and stem and lobe meet together at the bottom of the stem.
Usage: wiþ holdist
the formation of thorn is very similar to the formation of 'y' and where 'y' has a very fine tail, it is difficult to distinguish between the two graphs.
yogh is used to mimic the 'y' sound.
yogh is also used for the 'gh' combination.
|Upper Case Letters|
many of this scribe's upper case letters have serrated edges and are therefore distinctive.
|Punctuation and tags|
Usage: be or
virgulae are used extensively throughout to separate out phrases or seemingly to point the sense.
puncti are used at the end of every line.
almost all final 't's have a tag.
final 'f's have a shorter tag.