Hand: Scribble (þus scealan preostan, 87r), Lambeth 377

Scribble (þus scealan preostan, 87r)
Lambeth 377
Saec. xi

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

This hand is quite set but not especially regular. The ink is light and the pen was held fairly flat and shows some shading. The ascender of l is long and has a slightly split wedge, and that of þ is much shorter but shows a properly-formed wedge. Descenders are longer than minims and lean slightly to the right but tend to trail back very slightly to the left. Minims show small, fairly well-formed wedges or approach-strokes and can be straight or have small feet. The body of a is essentially teardrop-shaped, with a fairly vertical back and a pointed top, but the second in scealan is more rounded and has a wider, flatter top, and that of preostan is almost Caroline, perhaps because of the preceding t. Round c was used throughout. Round e was also used, the hook of which is first quite rounded and second very angular; the first hook sits high on the shoulder and reaches above cue-height with a horizontal tongue, and the second hook remains below cue-height and has a rising tongue. The shoulder of n is fairly rounded in the first case and more angular in the second, and that of r is very angular, turning back in to the left and then curving out in a rounded foot. Tall s is found once (þus), where it stands on the base-line; low s is found elsewhere, the hook of which is somewhat angular and reaches slightly above cue-height before t (preostan). The Latin word probatio was added at the end of the text just above the scribble; it was most likely written by the same scribe and shows teardrop-shaped a but the Caroline abbreviation for pro.

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