Hand: Continuous Gloss (74r–75v), Bodleian Bodley 319 (2226)

Continuous Gloss (74r–75v)
Bodleian Bodley 319 (2226)
Saec. xi1
SW England

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

This scribe wrote a somewhat irregular hand, the size of letters in particular varying as he progressed. The bodies are not especially narrow and can be fairly rotund, but are somewhat laterally cramped and are also taller than normal for an interlinear gloss. The letters are also somewhat forward-leaning. Ascenders have small wedges and are sometimes long and sometimes short but usually about the length of minims. Descenders are straight and taper slightly at the tip. Teardrop-shaped a was used throughout, the back close to vertical. The same structure was used for æ but the back descends below the loop of the a-component; the hook is quite wide, rises slightly above cue-height, and turns back to the left, and the tongue is horizontal and at mid-height, the result not that far from the old e of Phase-V Square minuscule. Round c was used, with a short hook and longer lower curve. The back of d is medium length, angled at about 15° but concave down. Round e was used, the hook and tongue much like those of æ; when final the tongue is sometimes extended and hooked down. The back of e can also be straighter and more backward-leaning. The tongue of f is flat and quite long, and the hook branches from the base-line. The top of g is flat, the mid-section angled at about 80° and very slightly curved before turning to the horizontal and then looping around in a round, closed loop. The shoulders of h, m, and n are all fairly rounded and branch from close to cue-height. That of r is more angular, and the foot is short and horizontal or angled down slightly. Low s was used throughout, ligatured to itself when doubled; the hook sometimes branches from close to the base-line. The scribe used þ exclusively in preference to ð. Straight-limbed, dotted y was used throughout, the right branch hooked left. The top of 7 is hooked up on the left and is very straight but rising; the down-stroke is also straight but angled left.

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