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Trinity Anthologies scribe
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1. Cambridge, Trinity College MS R. 3. 19 (599)
Current Manuscript:Cambridge, Trinity College MS R.3.19 (599)
Identification:Hand A
Folios:1r-48r, 55r-216r
Sampled Folios:1r (Festum natalia domini), 24v (Parlement), 55r (anon-Assembly of ladies),
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Usage: all
single compartment 'a' used throughout.
Usage: an
occasionally what seems to be an upper case 'A' graph is used in initial position in some words.
Usage: As
upper case 'A'.
Usage: vndyr
looped 'd' used throughout.
Usage: good(es)
'es' abbreviation attached to final 'd'.
Usage: Dysportyng
Usage: gentylwemen
tailed 'g' with reverse turn on the tail.
Usage: sought
Usage: thyng
the word is at the end of a line hence the lengthened cross-stroke.
Usage: theyr
on this folio, the scribe frequently loops the tail-stroke back up to join on to the next letter. This is not necessarily his practice on other folios which are copied more carefully. The continuous stroke seems to be related to the speed of copying.
Usage: rought
in the 'ght' combination with crossed 'h', the tail-stroke of 'h' does not normally curl back up.
Usage: Hyt
upper case letter at the beginning of a line.
Usage: Sendeth
on the opening folio of the manuscript, which is copied more carefully than subsequent folios, the scribe flicks the limb of 'h' to the right in the 'th' combination.
Usage: hert
squat form of modern 'r' used in all positions.
Usage: entier
'r' in final position with flourish.
Usage: sondry
'z'-shaped 'r' used mainly after 'o'.
Usage: Reiterate
Usage: was
sigma 's' used in final position.
Usage: besynes
long 's' used initially and medially.
Usage: Som
Usage: ys
the scribe also has this 6-shaped 's' in his repertoire for final 's'.
Usage: wete
the curving approach stroke is almost always used when 'w' is the first letter of a word.
Usage: two
a thick and separate left arm.
Usage: Wherof
upper case 'W' at the beginning of a word.
Usage: rewler
this is the only 'w' with looped head found on the three sampled folios. However, it demonstrates that this version was also in the scribe's repertoire.
Usage: symplest
the tail of 'y' varies in length.
Usage: aftyr
occasionally the left arm of 'y' is detached from the curving second stroke.
Usage: sodenly
for long stretches the scribe alternates 'y' with straight tail and 'y' with a curving tail.
Usage: ye
alongside 'y' as in version 3, there is this 'y' with tail which connects with the following letter.
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