Hand: Addition Hand 3 (163v14–32), BnF latin 943
- Addition Hand 3 (163v14–32)
- BnF latin 943
- Saec. xi in.
Stokes, English Vernacular Script, ca 990–ca 1035, Vol. 2 (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006)
This hand is rather squarer than G.879-2. The pen is a little thicker and the script a little less consistent. Ascenders are slightly longer than minims and have heavy wedges, and descenders are also longer than minims and are straight. The top of a is straight and slightly rising, and the left side can curve out or be angled in to the right. A similar form was used for æ except that the top is more horizontal and the left side curves out more consistently. Both c and e are consistently round but both tend to be angled in on the left as well. The tongue of e is horizontal or concave down and is hooked down slightly at the tip and is at or below mid-height; the hook of e is angular and shorter than the tongue, but the lower curve is long and usually meets the tongue near its tip. Angular tall e and æ are often found in ligature with a following t, although the loop never reaches ascender-height. Bilinear d was used throughout. The tongue of f is slightly longer than the hook. The top of g is flat but usually has a slightly upward hook on the left; the mid-section hangs from the centre and is quite narrow, and the tail is closed and very rotund. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r are not especially rounded. Round and tall s are both found. Tall s has a prominent wedge, stands firmly on the base-line, and is found usually before t, wynn, p, and often finally. Round s looks somewhat clumsy as the upper hook is angular, short, and usually rises above cue-height, and the mid-section is wide. The back of ð is long, straight, and angled at about 60–70°; the through-stroke is long and hooked down on the right. The conventional distinction was followed between þ and ð. The south-west stroke of x is long and hooked right, the north-east stroke hooked left, and the north-west stroke curved down. Straight-limbed dotted y was used, the right branch hooked left, the left branch curved left, and the tail concave up. The top of 7 is fairly wide and hooked up slightly on the left, and the down-stroke close to vertical. Latin is not distinguished by script.