Hand: Main Hand, BAV Reg.lat.497, fol. 71

Main Hand
BAV Reg.lat.497, fol. 71
Saec. xi

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

This hand is quite messy and irregular. Ascenders are about the length of minims and have wedges or barbs. Descenders can be longer and are tapering. Minims have approach-strokes and sometimes have feet. The top of a is always straight and can be flat but it can also be angled up and can be quite short; the letter is thus sometimes square, in which case it is usually also horned, or can be more lozenge-shaped or more rounded. The a-component of æ usually has this more rounded form, the tongue is horizontal or rising and is close to cue-height, and the hook is rounded and above cue-height though not especially tall. Round c was used. The back of d is relatively long, angled at about 50–60°, and is usually relatively straight but can turn up slightly at the tip. Horned e was used, the back of which can be vertical or can be more angled; the hook is usually angular but the tongue can be horizontal and the letter tall. The top of g is flat and short, the mid-section is somewhat angular and hangs from the right, and the tail is open and curved up; the letter is thus 3-shaped. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r vary in rotundity, and r in particular can lean backward. Only low s was used. The scribe preferred ð to þ. The back of ð is much like that of d, although the former usually has a more prominent vertical tip and a slightly longer back; the through-stroke is hooked down. No y is found.

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