Hand: We gesetton on foreweardum (Ker article 8: 90v20–91r4) plus 91r5–7, BL Harley 3271
- We gesetton on foreweardum (Ker article 8: 90v20–91r4) plus 91r5–7
- BL Harley 3271
- Saec. xi1
Stokes, English Vernacular Script, ca 990–ca 1035, Vol. 2 (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006)
This scribe used a medium-width pen and some shading, and his hand has a slight forward slant. Ascenders are about the length of minims and have wedges, and descenders are long and trailing. Minims have slightly lozenge-shaped approach-strokes and horizontal feet. An essentially teardrop-shaped a is found, although the top can be pointed or more rounded. The more rounded form was used for æ, the tongue of which is straight and rising and the hook rounded. Round c was used. The back of d is of medium length and angled at about 60° but turned up or right at the tip. Horned e is found, the back of which is usually vertical, but the tongue and eye are much like those of æ. The tongue of f is short and somewhat concave up. The top of g is flat, the mid-section starts in the centre of the top-stroke and extends down and left then curves fairly quicky right, and the tail extends down and left again, thereby forming a somewhat rounded zig-zag. The shoulders of h, m, and n are round and somewhat bulging, but r is quite angular. Only low s is found, the hook of which is angular and branches from close to the base-line. The scribe seems to have used þ exclusively in preference to ð; one example of ð is found but it seems to have been a correction from t (secgað, 90v25). The back of this ð is fairly long, fairly straight, and angled at about 50–60°, and the through-stroke is hooked down. Straight-limbed dotted y was used, the left branch of which curves out to the left and the right branch is hooked right. The top of 7 is rising and is curled up on the left, and the down-stroke curves left.