Hand: Gloss (7 rod cristes 7 water gebletsod, 172v), Rouen, BM 368 (A.27)

Gloss (7 rod cristes 7 water gebletsod, 172v)
Rouen, BM 368 (A.27)
Saec. xi1
SW England (Wells?)

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

This gloss was written with a very fine pen, although the width does vary somewhat erratically apparently because of uneven application of ink. Ascenders are very long and very thin with small wedges. Descenders can be minim-length or much longer and are straight but trailing off somewhat. Minims are small, with small wedges and feet. Horned a was used with a flat but slightly rising top. Round c is found with a small hook, and the back of d is horizontal and extends slightly beyond the body of the letter. No examples of e are quite the same: in three of the four cases the lower stroke is curved but slightly laid-back and is abnormally thick; the hook is very rounded and rises above cue-height, and the tongue thin and rising. The fourth example, in the word water, has a thinner and more upright lower curve, and has an exuberant hook, written with two thin strokes, shaped in an oval angled at about 70–80° and reaching up to ascender height. The top of g is short and thick; the mid-section starts left of centre, is quite straight and angled out at about 80° before turning to about 10° down to the right and then curving down in an open hook with a thickened tip pointing down at about 30°. The shoulder of r is somewhat rounded, the down-stroke once vertical and once angled out slightly. Long s only is found, remaining on or slightly below the base-line and usually reaching up to ascender-height with a relatively large hook. The top of 7 is horizontal and thick, the down-stroke straight and angled at about 80°.

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