Hand: Main Hand 5 (103r–109v), BL Cotton Tiberius A.xiii, fols. 1–118
- Main Hand 5 (103r–109v)
- BL Cotton Tiberius A.xiii, fols. 1–118
- Saec. xi1/4
Stokes, English Vernacular Script, ca 990–ca 1035, Vol. 2 (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006)
The aspect of Latin and Old English script is the same, and the charter-bounds are not differentiated in proportion. The script is of medium weight and shading, and the aspect is fairly typical for the less rotund form of Style-I Anglo-Caroline as practised at Worcester. Ascenders are about the length of minims and have small wedges. The tops of minims curve left, and the bottoms have small horizontal feet. Caroline a was often used in a vernacular context, but a round form is also found in which the top and back were formed with a single stroke. This round form was also used for æ, the tongue of which is often horizontal at cue-height, and the hook forms a sometimes low, sometimes bulbous ligature with following t and once with following x (uuestsæxna, 106v5). Round c was used, and the back of d is fairly steep, fairly short, and usually vertical-tipped. Horned e is found, the tongue of which is horizontal and extends to the following letter, and the hook is somewhat angular. The tongue of f is short and concave up. The top of g is flat and sometimes hooked up at both ends, and the mid-section starts about in the centre, is angled out to the left, turns approximately horizontally to the right, and then curves around in an open tail hooked up at the tip. Although the letter is not found in Old English, k was used in Latin and there shows a thin and ill-formed upper branch, almost like the ‑us abbreviation added to an h. The shoulders of h, m, n, and r are all quite rounded; that of r can curve back in on itself and then has a short, straight foot angled down and right. Caroline and low s are both found, and the former descends below the base-line but does not reach up to ascender-height and is identical to that found in the Latin text. The conventional distinction was followed between ð and þ, although both haðoredus and haþoredus are found. The back of ð is long, fairly steep, and curves up or slightly back to the right, and the through-stroke is hooked up on the left and down on the right. The south-west branch of x is long and curves under the preceding letter. Latin was carefully distinguished by script.