Hand: Manumissions, Hand 10 (8v24–27), Bodleian Bodley 579 (2675)

Manumissions, Hand 10 (8v24–27)
Bodleian Bodley 579 (2675)
Saec. xi1

Stokes, English Vernacular Script, ca 990–ca 1035, Vol. 2 (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006)

This hand follows the ruling more closely than G.585-6 does but is otherwise no more regular. The pen is again fairly thin, though with some shading. Ascenders are slightly longer than minims and have slightly split wedges. Descenders are sometimes about the same length but can be very short; they can be straight but usually curve slightly left. Minims have small wedges or curved approach-strokes and have small feet. The same horned a and æ are found, as is round c with a long lower curve. Horned e was used throughout, the lower curve of which can be diagonal and the eye always very open. The back of d is relatively long and angled at about 10–20° but turns up at the tip. The tongue of f can be long or very short. The top of g is slightly concave up, and the mid-section hangs from the left and is S-shaped but is closed. The shoulders of m, n and, to a lesser extent, r are all very rounded. Only low s is found. The back of ð is straight, very long, and angled at about 70–80°, and the through-stroke is high, steep, and hooked down on the right. Straight-limbed dotted y was used throughout, the right branch hooked left and the tail straight. The top of 7 can be hooked up on the left or slightly concave up.

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