Hand: Nineteen Glosses (13r–17r, 40r, 46v, 86r, 96v, 105r), TCC O.1.18 (1042)

Nineteen Glosses (13r–17r, 40r, 46v, 86r, 96v, 105r)
TCC O.1.18 (1042)
Saec. xi

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

These glosses were all written with a thin pen in a narrow script with small bodies and long ascenders. Ascenders usually lack wedges but can have full wedges or barbs. Descenders are often shorter and are normally straight. Minims can have small approach-strokes and can have small feet, but they can also lack any decoration. Caroline, round, and flat-topped a are all found. A wider and rounder form was used for æ, the tongue of which is straight, thin, rising, but fairly long, and the hook of which is rounded and always low. Round c was used throughout. The back of d is sometimes rounded and reaches above cue-height, is once Caroline (scadas, 13v), and is sometimes very long but horizontal (dwola, 14r; don, 16r). Both horned and round e are found, the tongue and hook of which are like those of æ except that a low e+g ligature is found. The tongue of f is straight and usually long, but the hook is usually short. The top of g is short and flat, and the mid-section short, angular, and turns sharply right before curving around in a short open rounded hook which is curved up at the tip. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r are all rather angular. Long and tall s were used most often, although low s is found once (þis, 14v); tall s can have a narrow hook and can stand firmly on the base-line, but it can also lean forward, and the shoulder is usually heavy like that of Style-IV Anglo-Caroline. The scribe only used ð once, otherwise preferring þ, and the body of þ is triangular. The back of ð is long and concave down, and the through-stroke is hooked up on the left and down on the right. Straight-limbed undotted y was used.

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