Hand: Main Latin hand; Added slip w/ OE (163r), BnF latin 10575

Main Latin hand; Added slip w/ OE (163r)
BnF latin 10575
Saec. x/xi

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

This hand is extremely close to that of the main Latin text and was probably written by the same scribe. The vernacular hand is slightly smaller than the Latin one, however, and the bodies of letters are slightly wider relative to their height. Ascenders are slightly shorter than minims, show fairly regular wedges, and turn slightly left at the top. Descenders are long and straight. Minims show regular wedges and small feet. The back of a is straight, the left side can be fairly vertical or turned out in a point to the left, and the top is also straight but rising; the result is therefore somewhere between flat-topped and teardrop-shaped. A single example is found of an essentially Caroline a but with a very long back and tall head (amen, 163r8). The a-component of æ is the same as a except that the left side is never pointed; the tongue is horizontal and the hook rounded, but a tall and slightly open hook was used once in ligature with following low s (ðæs, 163r2). Round c was used, as was bilinear d with a long back. The back of e is fairly straight, fairly vertical, and usually has a small horn; the tongue is horizontal and usually hooked down slightly, and the lower curve is long. A bulging tall-e ligature was used with letters including o but not a. The tongue of f is short and extends very slightly to the left of the descender. The top of g is short and has slight serifs at both ends, and the body is S-shaped. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r are all somewhat rounded, and the foot of r is long and angled down and right, the resulting letter looking rather like r with a descender. Low s was normally used, but long s is found before t and n (except leofes tan, 163r1). Long s extends down a full descender-length when before wynn but barely reaches below the baseline before t. An added toe-stroke is once found on t (eft, 163r4). No þ is found. The back of ð is thick, fairly long, and concave-down; it is angled at about 10°–20° at the tip, but about 60° at the base; the through-stroke barely passes through the back and is hooked down on the right. The south-west quadrant of x is long and shows a long tick reaching almost back up to the base-line; the upper strokes and the lower right stroke are all horizontal at the tips. Round, dotted, bilinear y is found throughout. The top of 7 is very short and the descender is long and straight. No Latin is found on this leaf, but the main Latin text is not distinguised by script except for the use of cc a.

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