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Current Manuscript:London, British Library MS Harley 116
Identification:Scribe of Regiment
Sampled Folios:79v, 97v
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Usage: gracious
this scribe uses a mixture of styles and letter forms. Here a double compartment but straight-sided 'a' which is used randomly throughout.
Usage: alle
single compartment 'a' with squarish lobe and horned top.
Usage: and
single compartment 'a' with oval lobe.
Usage: And
upper case 'A' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: drede
the scribe has so many 'd' variants that it is difficult to show them all. In this example the scribe uses both looped and unlooped 'd'. The lower lobe of 'd' appears as an extreme point.
Usage: doth
a more rounded version of looped 'd'.
Usage: excused
'd' with very short descender.
Usage: And
oval-shaped angled lower lobe with long descender which curves gracefully to complete the right side of the lobe..
Usage: goddes
again the scribe uses a variety of different graphs for 'g'. Here the tail of 'g' is a split stroke with short descender connected to a horizontal 'tail' by a hair-line.
Usage: grace
in this secretary 'g' the tail of 'g' turns counter-clockwise.
Usage: God
upper case 'G' at the beginning of a line.
Usage: Ang(us)
anglicana two compartment 'g' used in the marginal gloss in the scribe's hand.
Usage: Who
this 'h' has a pronounced angled foot at the base of the stem. The limb and tail stroke are short, ending on, or just below the line.
Usage: hent
a more rounded graph with reverse flick of the tail stroke.
Usage: hid
a much more angular rendition with sharply angled foot and separate head-stroke.
Usage: Hidith
upper case letter at the beginning of a line. The scribe has a variety of shapes for the upper case graph.
Usage: trouthe
the scribe uses modern 'r' most of the time in all positions except after 'o' and some consonants.
Usage: or
long 'r' is used rarely but here it is used in final position and is flourished.
Usage: more
'z'-shaped 'r' used after 'o' and some consonants.
Usage: Her
modern 'r' in final position with flourish.
Usage: so
long 's' is used initially and medially. There is often a small tag or wing to the left of the shaft where the scribe begins the stroke.
Usage: goddes
kidney-shaped 's' is always used in final position. The head of the graph is horned.
Usage: blisshed
Usage: Scriptu(m)
upper case 'S' used in the Latin gloss in the hand of the scribe in the left margin.
Usage: wol
the cursive 'w' graph is consistently formed. When used in initial position the short approach stroke is visible.
Usage: swiche
Usage: NOw
Usage: Who
upper case 'W' at the beginning of a line and tipped with red ink.
Usage: any
'y' is also consistently formed. The left arm usually has a slight curve which is not apparent in this example.
Usage: youre
the fork of the two arms is generally on the line. The tail stroke of the graph is formed with the same angle and rarely extends much further than in this example.
Usage: peyne
Usage: motyfe
there is a faint stroke above 'y'. 'y' is not generally dotted but 'i' usually has a straight stroke above instead of a dot.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Augustinus
this scribe uses some very elaborate upper case letters. The 'A' here is the first word of the Latin gloss in the left margin in the hand of the scribe.
Usage: Who
the first word of the first line of the folio. The scribe continued the stroke from the top left arm of the graph with loops and knots in the top margin.
Usage: But
the first word of a stanza.
Usage: Eternel
also the first word of a stanza.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: Beseche
a huge upper case letter (presented smaller here) for the first line of the folio. Note the small 'B's which are contained in each lobe of the letter.
Usage: Beseche
a second, less glamorous, form of 'B'.
Usage: If
Usage: No
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