Hand: Glossator 2 (fols. 74–82), Boulogne BM 189

Glossator 2 (fols. 74–82)
Boulogne BM 189
Saec. xi1

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

These glosses were written in a small and neat hand. Ascenders are about the length of minims or slightly longer and usually have wedges but can lack decoration. Descenders are short and straight, and minims have approach-strokes and often lack feet. Flat-topped a was used throughout, the sides of which are straight and the letter can be lozenge-shaped. Flat-topped æ is also found, the tongue of which is straight, the hook angular, and the eye squinting. Round c was used throughout. The back of d is short, slightly convex, and usually angled at about 30° but sometimes less. Horned e was used throughout, the tongue and hook like those of æ. The tongue and hook of f are short, somewhat angular, and somewhat rising. The top of g is flat, the mid-section is straight and fairly vertical but then turns sharply right at the base-line, and the tail is wide and open, horizontal or hooked up slightly at the tip. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r are all quite angular, but the down-stroke of r is angled out to the right. Low and long s were used, long at the start of syllables and before t and low finally in the ‑es ending. An essentially Caroline s+t ligature was used throughout. The conventional distinction between þ and ð was largely followed (but stamaraþ, 74r). The back of ð can be long, straight, and with a concave-down tip or can be straight and much shorter, and the through-stroke is straight and lacks a hook. Straight-limbed dotted y was used, as was x with a long south-west stroke and a hooked north-east branch. The top of 7 is straight and can be quite wide.

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