Hand: Record of Freeholders (76v), BL Cotton Tiberius B.v, fols. 74 and 76
- Record of Freeholders (76v)
- BL Cotton Tiberius B.v, fols. 74 and 76
- Saec. x/xi
Stokes, English Vernacular Script, ca 990–ca 1035, Vol. 2 (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006)
This scribe wrote a quite neat and genreally competent hand. The cue-height and base-line are both fairly level, although ascenders and descenders vary in length. The aspect is reminiscent of G.52-1. The scribe used a thin pen with minimal shading. Caroline a was used throughout, the back of which is quite thick, angled at about 80°, and tapering at both ends. Teardrop-shaped a was used for æ, the back of which is vertical and the hook tall and open in ligature with a following letter whenever possible, or in low ligature with following t. The a-component of tall æ can also be flat and horned (þære, line 18), and semi-Caroline æ is also found. Round c was used throughout. The back of d is straight, thick, of medium length, and usually angled at about 45° but is sometimes flatter. The back of e is usually fairly straight but is never horned; the tongue is straight, rising, and fairly short, and the hook somewhat rounded. As with æ, a tall and open but somewhat bulging e is found in ligature whenever possible, including before o and a. The tongue of f is long and can be rising. The top of g is short and can be flat or ~-shaped; the mid-section hangs from the centre, extends down and left, then turns back to the right and extends almost horizontally; the tail turns down and left, hooks up at the tip, and extends well to the left of the top-stroke and so looks as if the whole body has been rotated clockwise. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r are all somewhat angular and were written with a good deal of pen-lift; the foot of h was often added in a separate stroke, and that of r is slightly longer than for the other letters. Tall and low s were both used, the former before t and wynn and the latter elsewhere. Tall s has a narrow hook and leans forward, and the hook of low s branches from well below cue-height. The construction of ð is much like that of d except that the back is longer; the through-stroke is often quite thick and is hooked down on the right but it does not always extend left of the back. The conventional distinction between ð and þ was mostly followed, though with some exceptions (ðæs, ðreo). Straight-limbed dotted y was used throughout, the right branch of which is hooked left. The top of 7 is very short and very concave up, and the down-stroke is angled left. No Latin is found.