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Selden Scribe
Profiles for this Scribe:
1. Cambridge, Queen's College 12, Horne 24 (M.R. James Cat., 12)
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Queen's College 12
Sampled Folios:fA-i, fB-i
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Usage: age
double compartment anglicana 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: That
occasionally the upper compartment is not completed.
Usage: age
hairline joining upper and lower compartments in this example.
Usage: And
just one of the many versions of upper case 'A' used by this scribe. See Wild Letter 3 for more examples.
Usage: deeþ
angular lobe on the looped 'd'.
Usage: aqueyntid
the scribe's graphs are all very evenly formed with little variation.
Usage: hadde
Usage: Defende
upper case 'D' with 2-shaped element to begin.
Usage: guerdon
angular double compartment anglicana 'g'.
Usage: þing
the lower compartment is almost triangular. In final position the 'g' has an added vertical tag.
Usage: lenger
the scribe also uses tailed 'g'. The use of each different graph seems to go in blocks.
Usage: Musyng
'g' in final position with tag.
Usage: hir
the scribe uses 'h' with an angled foot on the stem as in this example, or he may use one without, as in version 2.
Usage: hadde
Usage: neighburgh
'h' after 'g' is crossed when in final position.
Usage: Had
upper case 'H' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: reward
modern 'r' is used in all positions.
Usage: Ther
Usage: ffor
'z'-shaped 'r' is only used after 'o'.
Usage: Right
Usage: so
long 's' is used in initial and medial positions. The stem usually ends on the line. Since this scribe writes above the line there is a short extension to 's' beneath the lower level of the surrounding graphs.
Usage: waies
final 's' is of this form. Sometimes it appears almost as a kidney-shaped letter, sometimes it is more 8-shaped.
Usage: anguische
example to show both 's' and 'h' ending on the line.
Usage: Senek
upper case 'S' with parallel line decoration.
Usage: wight
looped 'w' where occasionally the loop at the head of the middle arm is not quite closed.
Usage: worlde
a 'B'-shaped element at the right.
Usage: wickid
Usage: Whan
a more elaborate graph as the upper case letter.
Usage: lay
the tail of 'y' also ends just about on the line. 'y' and thorn are difficult to distinguish at times.
Usage: lightly
Usage: tyme
only very occasionally does the tail of 'y' turn counter-clockwise.
Usage: by
Thorn and Yogh
Usage: seiþ
thorn is used frequently in all the usual places but also more widely as a 'th' replacement.
Usage: deeþ
there is almost no descender on thorn. The body of the graph sits on the line and stem and lobe are of almost equal size.
Usage: ȝouþe
yogh also sits on the line. Yogh is not widely used except for the sound of 'y'.
Usage: ȝeldiþ
Upper Case Letters
Usage: That
the scribe has some elaborate upper case graphs, usually decorated with double parallel lines.
Usage: Ne
Usage: I
an upper case 'I' reminiscent of the one favoured by Scribe D.
Usage: Besily
Upper Case A
Usage: Age
four different examples of the scribe's versions of upper case 'A'.
Usage: As
Usage: And
Usage: And
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