Hand: Eighteen Glosses (2v, 3r), BL Royal 5.F.iii
- Eighteen Glosses (2v, 3r)
- BL Royal 5.F.iii
- Saec. x/xi or xi in.
Stokes, English Vernacular Script, ca 990–ca 1035, Vol. 2 (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2006)
The bodies of the letters are small, but the ascenders are particularly long; wedges are either absent or small and pointed. Descenders are shorter than ascenders but are usually still slightly longer than minims. The script is somewhat irregular and roughly written. The form of a varies from triangular to almost Caroline. The a-component of æ is round, and the e-component is disproportionately large with a wide hook and a straight rising tongue. Round c was used. The back of d is fairly straight, fairly long, and angled at approximately 45°. Round and horned e appear, but the horned form is by far the most common. The back of horned e is straight and slightly forward-leaning, the lower curve is verh short, the tongue is straight and rising, and the hook is wide and angular. The tongue of f is flat. The top of g is flat, the mid-section hangs from the centre or right, and the tail is rounded and either open or closed with a hair-line. The shoulders of h, m and n were written without pen-lift. Caroline r occurs once in a vernacular context (mynsterlicere, 2v9); in the Insular form, the shoulder tends to be angled away from the descender, and with a horizontal tick. Low and long s are used, with the long form appearing only before t. No ð is found, but there is no scope for it if the scribe followed the conventional spelling. Straight-limbed dotted y was used, the right branch of which is hooked left and the tail straight. The top of 7 is hooked up slightly on the left, and the downstroke is vertical. Latin is distinguished by script.