Hand: Principal Glossator 2 (90 glosses), Brussels, BR 1650 (1520)

Principal Glossator 2 (90 glosses)
Brussels, BR 1650 (1520)
Saec. xi1

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

This scribe wrote a very small script with a thin pen and little shading. Ascenders are longer than minims and are sometimes tapering, sometimes wedged. Descenders are usually much shorter but still no shorter than minims, and are usually straight, although they can be longer and turned left. A rounded but essentially teardrop-shaped a is normal, the back angled at about 70–80°, the top angled down and left but curving back up and right before meeting the back once again. Caroline a is found, however, particularly in ligature with a preceding Caroline r, and cc a is also found in this context. Flat-topped a was normally used in æ, the tongue of which is straight and rising, and the hook low and somewhat angular. A trailing-headed Caroline form was also sometimes used initially (æfredan, 35r15). The back of d can be short and bilinear, can be longer and angled at about 45°, and can be fully Caroline. The back of e is vertical, straight, and the letter horned; the tongue and hook are like those of æ and can turn up at the tip or turn to the horizontal. The tongue of f is more or less straight and the hook usually short. The top of g usually tapers to the right and is concave up; the mid-section is short, straight, and angled slightly left, then turns sharply right, curving finally around to the left and ending horizontally in that direction. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r are all somewhat rounded, but r in particular often branches well below cue-height, rises fairly steeply, and then turns down to the vertical before hooking up again in a rising foot. In one case, the down-stroke of n is extended in a tapering curve below the base-line (agifen, 34r18). Caroline f, h and r are also found. Long s was used throughout in all positions, the down-stroke extending slightly below the base-line, and the hook high but fairly short, and the Caroline s+t ligature was also used. The conventional distinction was followed between þ and ð. The back of ð is fairly steep and slightly concave down, and the through-stroke is short, high, and essentially straight. The lower left branch of x descends well below the base-line, the upper branches turn down at the tips, and the lower branches turn up. A somewhat elongated round-limbed y was used, usually with a dot but sometimes without.

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