Hand: Hand 5 (fols. 46 and 47), BL Cotton Otho B.x, (except the fols. of nos.356 seqq.)
- Hand 5 (fols. 46 and 47)
- BL Cotton Otho B.x, (except the fols. of nos.356 seqq.)
- Saec. xi1
Stokes, English Vernacular Script, ca 990–ca 1035, Vol. 2 (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006)
Although Ker thought that these folios are in the same hand as G.355-1,Ker, Catalogue, p. 228 (no. 177) this seems unlikely when viewed under ultra-violet light. The aspect is somewhere between the upright rigidity of G.355-1 and the more backward-leaning fluency of G.355-2. Ascenders are about the length of minims and have flat tops or wedges. Descenders are the length of minims and are straight. Round a is found occasionally but horned a is much more frequent, the horn of which curves down and to the left in a fairly straight side, and the top and back were formed in a single curving stroke much like those of G.569-1 and G.442-1. The same horned form was also used for æ, the tongue of which is horizontal and fairly high, and the hook angular. Round c was used, as was round d with a short back which is close to horizontal and can be vertical-tipped. Horned e was used, the back of which is fairly straight and fairly upright, and the hook and tongue are like those of æ. The tongue of f is long and on the base-line. The top of g is flat and can be wide, the mid-section is open, fairly rounded, and hangs from the centre or left, and the tail forms a round and nearly-closed loop which sits slightly to the right of centre. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r are all somewhat rounded. Only low s is found. The scribe mostly preferred ð to þ (ðinne and ðæt, but also þæt). The back of ð is long, angled at about 40–50°, and curves up at the tip, and the through-stroke lacks a hook. Straight-limbed y is found both with and without the dot, and the right branch is hooked left.